Eoin Mc Hugh 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. Where there is intended ‘madness’ in his work, there is also rigorous method. The artist has sought to find affinities with the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century, intensively examining painters such as the Leiden Fijnschilder painters, Vermeer, ter Borch and Metsu in order to reflect on their methods of creating light through colour. How the manifold phenomena of the world might be represented remains an ongoing puzzle. Eoin Mc Hugh, (B. Dublin, 1977) is based in Berlin.Read More
Current and recent solo shows include: Loj-e, jelo, laso,- Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (25 October—7 December 2019); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, (2016 & 2013); TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere, Finland, (2012); Centre d’art Contemporain, Chateau des Adhemar, Montelimar, (2008); Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, (2006). Group exhibitions include: 2116: Forecast of the Next Century, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan, (2016); Schnitt Schnitt, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, (2016); Glucksman Gallery, Cork, (2016); Motivational Deficit…, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, (2014); Warming to Rabelais, Like Things Frozen, FRAC, Languedoc-Roussillon, Abbaye de Lagrasse, France, (2008); Rendez-Vous, in conjunction with the Lyon Biennale, (2007), travelling to Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, (2008); Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; EV+A, Limerick, (both 2006) and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin,
Text courtesy Kerlin Gallery.