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Artist of the Month February 2019 – Dermot Seymour

Friday 1st February 2019 at 10am

Dissident Grey Hare by Dermot Seymour Image: Dissident Grey Hare by Dermot Seymour

Dermot Seymour studied at the University of Ulster, where he received a BA in Art & Design in 1978 and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Design in 1981. Dermot’s work has been included in many internationally recognised and award winning exhibitions, and he has held solo shows in Belfast, Dublin, New York, Berlin and Paris.

He became an elected member of Aosdána in 1997 and is an Associate member of the Royal Ulster Academy. Dermot currently lives and works in County Mayo.

The way in which Dermot reflects Northern Ireland politics in his work is sometimes referred to as “social realism”. His work explores the anxiety, bewilderment and absurdity of the situation in Northern Ireland, often involving the juxtaposition of familiar imagery from the rural border regions, particularly utilising livestock, and religious and military symbols. In ‘Dissident Grey Hare’ the painting tries to capture the sinister, the suspicious, and the ambiguity of the fact that in Northern Ireland ‘nothing is ever what it seems’. The Grey Hare in the title is a term used colloquially for a subversive, but then again the figure could be and probably is an innocent farmer on a cold day in the border counties. This is the paradox of life in the North.

Dissident Grey Hare by Dermot Seymour is included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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