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Patrick Swift, b.1927

Self Portrait in the Studio1959

One of several self-portraits, this work depicts the artist surrounded by the tools of his trade. He looks warily at the viewer as if to suggest that the art is ultimately of greater importance and interest than the artist who produced it.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions122 x 76 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, 1998
Item NumberIMMA.796
Image Caption
Patrick Swift, Self Portrait in the Studio, 1959, Oil on canvas, 122 x 76 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, 1998

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About the Artist

Patrick Swift 1927–1983

Irish artist Patrick Swift (1927-1983) moved to London in 1950, where he became associated with a group of writers and artists in Soho that included Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, George Barker and Patrick Kavanagh. While in London Swift founded ‘X magazine’ with the poet David Wright. In 1962 Swift left England for Portugal, where he founded the Porches Pottery. Although Swift produced a significant body of portrait and landscape paintings, his distrust of publicity and dislike of exhibitions meant he was little known in Ireland during his lifetime.
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