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Eithne Jordan, b.1954

Split Face I1998

Eithne Jordan has worked in several different modes of painting. Her early canvasses, during the late 1970s and early 1980s in Dublin and London, explored almost abstract relations of colour and form. In Berlin, from 1984 to 1989, she painted primitive human figures, faces, divided heads, recognisable icons of melancholy, emptied of love or drained by it. ‘Split Face 1’ is one of a series of powerful paintings of single or grouped faces, executed on a large scale and united by their shared misery. Dark pigments are applied fluidly to form untidy faces that engulf the tiny bodies that support them.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions150 x 150 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Maire and Maurice Foley, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1450 FD
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Eithne Jordan, Split Face I, 1998, Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Maire and Maurice Foley, 2000

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About the Artist

Eithne Jordan b.1954

Irish artist Eithne Jordan attended Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. Since her emotionally charged expressionistic paintings of the early 1980s, Jordan’s work has turned towards a formal exploration of the seen world. She looks at the urban environment and is drawn to anonymous spaces, factory roofs, subway tunnels and blank walls. Jordan was elected as a member of Aosdána in 1990. She has exhibited widely in Europe. She took part in the Artists’ Residency Programme at IMMA in 2009. — View Artist »