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Mark O'Kelly, b.1968

The Party2010

Mark O’Kelly’s work explores how certain aesthetic symbols, images, and modes of picturing, can be utilized in ways that encourage the public to accept certain discourses in democratic politics as the norm. Drawing on Italian politics of the 1970s, ‘The Party’, painted in post-boom Ireland, references the partisan nature of party politics and meditates on the language of images used in electioneering to normalize what are often extreme and opposite positions. O’Kelly’s interest also revolves around modes of display such as scaffolding or temporary hoardings and how they are used in exhibition display, municipal restoration and political forms of public address.

MediumOil on linen
Dimensions180 x 250 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, 2011
Item NumberIMMA.3335
Out on loan Ghosts From the Recent Past, West Wing, IMMA, 01/09/2020 - 01/03/2021
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Mark O'Kelly, The Party, 2010, Oil on linen, 180 x 250 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, 2011

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About the Artist

Mark O'Kelly b.1968

Painter Mark O’Kelly lives and works in Dublin and Limerick. He attended the National College of Art and Design and Slade School of Fine Art, London. Solo exhibitions include ‘Figure of 8’ at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin in 2011. Group exhibitions include the 2009 RHA Annual Exhibition and EV+A International, 2012. O’Kelly was awarded the Golden Fleece, Merit Award in 2004. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design
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