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Patricia Hurl, b.1943

The Company Wife1986

This work is comprised of a group of men in suits gathered as a jovial unit, juxtaposed with the solitary figure of a seated woman. Typically, of Hurl’s early work the faces are obscured, the paint is applied with an urgency that hints at the emotion felt by a woman living in a male dominated society. Hurl’s characteristic use of highly expressionistic and layered brushstrokes tend to blur the distinctions between the figurative and abstraction. The stylistic blend intensifies the visceral qualities and emotion in Hurl’s work painted in spontaneous and instinctive bursts.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Framed, 100 x 60 x 10 cm
Unframed, 124.5 x 186 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2023
Item NumberIMMA.4446
Copyright Image © the artist | Photography: Denis Mortell
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Patricia Hurl, The Company Wife, 1986, Oil on canvas, Framed, 100 x 60 x 10 cm|Unframed, 124.5 x 186 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2023

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Patricia Hurl b.1943

Irish artist Patricia Hurl studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. Hurl was a lecturer in Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and was a member of Temple Bar Galleries and Studios. Together with artist Therry Rudin, she established the Damer House Gallery in Co Tipperary in 2012. A major retrospective of her work took place in IMMA in 2023. She received the Pollock Krasner Award in 2023.


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