Demonstrating the breath of Fergus Martin’s practice, this exhibition presents works in a range of media from various stages of Martin’s career. It includes a selection of paintings from the IMMA Collection displayed alongside recent works such as Tree (2014), Sky (2016) and new works shown here for the first time, Screw Protruding Tubes (2019), Nero Profondo (2019) and Barrel (2019).
Through painting, sculpture and photography, Martin creates geometric forms that give shape to his preoccupation with space, colour, tension and materials, reflecting the world around him. At the heart of his work is an attempt to physically portray the density and weight of things, their expansion and contraction, containment and release, their different speeds, as well as their fragility and impermanence.
The Then and Now series is a curatorial approach to exploring works in the IMMA Collection where artists are invited to place their early work among their current practice.
Irish artist Fergus Martin attended the Dun Laoghaire School of Art before living in Italy between 1979 and 1988. Encompassing paint, sculpture and photography, Martin’s practice considers ideas of space, form, material and the surrounding environment. He has exhibited extensively, and his work is represented in collections including Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Arts Council of Ireland and the Office of Public Works. Martin is an elected member of Aosdána.View Artist