‘St. Francis Street Boys’, 1994 is the result of collaboration between American artist John Ahearn, the boys of 6th Class, St. Francis Street C.B.S., the Irish artist Una Keeley and IMMA. John Ahearn’s practice involves working with community groups, often groups whose access to fine art and museum culture has been limited.
The process of making the series of portrait busts that go to make up ‘St.Francis Street Boys’, 1994 involved a lengthy co-operation between artist and sitters – the development of a trusting relationship between them was central to the success of that process. The boys had to submit to having their heads and shoulders encased in quick-drying latex rubber to make the moulds from which the final plaster casts were made. The resulting portrait group provides a dynamic record of the class of 1994, while it also documents a very real exchange between the boys, the artist and the Museum.
The work is jointly owned by the boys’ school and the Museum and is housed with the Museum’s Collection or at St. Francis Street C.B.S..
|Medium||Plaster and acrylic paint|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donated by the Artist, 1994|
|Not on view|
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