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Artist of the Month July 2017 - Mary Theresa Keown

Monday 3rd July 2017 at 10am

Deadheads by Mary Theresa Keown Image: Deadheads by Mary Theresa Keown

Mary Theresa Keown is a contemporary artist originally from Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, now living and working in Dublin. Mary’s paintings are inspired by collages created with cut out images from a variety of sources, to create pictorial paintings that explore the relationship between the images themselves and their historical and cultural references.

‘Deadheads’ is currently included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The painting is a copy of a collage. The paint mimics the properties of the cut out images, depicting figures which have had their faces or heads obscured or interfered with by abstract marks. The painting mingles Japanese, cowboy and youth culture, mangled together, to convey the sensibility of the work.

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