In ‘The Irish Coast’ Stephen McKenna combines classical and academic approaches to painting with the great 17th century Dutch tradition of marine painting, to comment on a very contemporary, yet universal subject. Painted in 1981 during the height of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, this painting brings together two different layers of conflict – a huge battle between the forces of nature, land, sea and sky – and the smaller, but no less dogged struggle between two men on the jetty. In the immediate foreground a bird appears oblivious to their petty quarrel.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||99 x 124 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
English artist Stephen McKenna studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He first came to prominence as a painter in the 1980s. McKenna’s still life, landscape and interior compositions referenced classical antiquity and explored the contemporary potential of those traditional genres. He exhibited extensively, including major solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. He was an elected member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy.View Artist
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