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.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||122 x 76 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, 1998|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
Irish artist Patrick Swift moved to London in 1950 and became associated with a group of writers and artists 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 work, his distrust of publicity and dislike of exhibitions meant he was little known in Ireland during his lifetime.View Artist
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