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Micheal Farrell, b.1940

Pressé series, Black and White1970

In his early work Farrell adapted motifs from early Irish art and used them in stylised, hard-edged abstract compositions. He named the style Celtic abstraction and ‘Black and White’ is an example of Farrell’s fusion of early Irish art and current international aesthetic developments.

MediumAcrylic on canvas
Dimensions152.6 x 183.2 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.200 GL
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Micheal Farrell, Pressé series, Black and White, 1970, Acrylic on canvas, 152.6 x 183.2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

Micheal Farrell 1940–2000

Irish artist Michael Farrell attended Central St. Martin's College of Art, London. His paintings juxtaposed an abstracted pop art style with Irish images and he became extremely successful commercially towards the end of the 1960s. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1967. Farrell relocated to France in 1971. He maintained a love-hate relationship with Ireland and the escalating violence in the north during the 1970s profoundly influenced his work. Elected a member of Aosdána in 1987, Farrell exhibited regularly at the Taylor Galleries and his work is included in many private and public collections. — View Artist »