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Eoin McHugh


In meticulous drawings, paintings, and sculptures, Eoin Mc Hugh examines what he calls “the psychology of imagery”—the space between the image, the object, and the idea. Mc Hugh predominantly works in watercolor on found or old paper, painting ambiguous, often uncanny, subjects that vary widely, from dreamlike seascapes and apocalyptic visions of the natural world to everyday items such as a watch or spoon. In dark oil paintings, Mc Hugh explores the work of Vermeer and other Dutch masters of the 17th century fascinated by the representation of light, reimagining a traditional genre by creating subtle distortions of perspective in images whose meanings are enigmatic. He also creates sculptures, including ones that incorporate found objects and peculiar, abstract bronze forms.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 37 x 47 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4232
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Eoin McHugh, Vostok, 2016, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 37 x 47 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

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

About the Artist

Eoin McHugh

Eoin Mc Hugh (b. 1977, Dublin, Ireland. Living and working in Berlin) creates imagery that is hyper-real and, at times, hyper-surreal. A fascination with the psychology of images underpins his practice, together with a conceptual interest in investigating the space between the image, the object and the idea. Working with meticulously crafted painting, drawing and sculptural collage, his work apprehends the everyday world in terms of its potential for the uncanny or grotesque abnormality.  
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