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Mayo artist chosen for IMMA Collection 2017

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CHOSEN ONE Artist Ciarán Murphy with his work ‘L-2’ at the launch of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2017. An exhibition of the pieces chosen for the 2017 collection is running at IMMA until the end of November. Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A work by Mayo contemporary artist Ciarán Murphy has been purchased by The Hennessy Art Fund for the IMMA Collection 2017. In being chosen for this honour, he joins the esteemed company of artists such as Alice Maher, Louis le Brocquy, Dorothy Cross and Patrick Scott, whose works are already part of the IMMA National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Murphy’s enigmatic paintings, ‘L-2’ (2013), take their starting point from a wide-ranging archive of images found, collected and carefully arranged into categories by the artist. Through a process of editing, erasing, overwriting or simply replacing what has been painted and unpainted, his work leaves a sense that is not quite of loss, or absence, but rather the presence of a non-thing.
Murphy has had solo exhibitions in the Chicago Amsterdam and Dublin, and he participated in the group show, In the Line of Beauty (2013) at IMMA Dublin and Fieldworks, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2014).
Three other artists also saw their works chosen for The Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2017: Mairéad McClean (Tyrone), Mark Garry (Westmeath) and Yuri Pattison (Dublin).
In 2016 Hennessy Ireland formed a unique partnership with IMMA to help fund the purchase of important works by Irish and Irish based artists for the National Collection. Works are sought which show excellence and innovation within contemporary art developments, and which represent a signal moment of achievement with the artist’s practice and capture a moment in time of Irish culture. They must also have been made within the previous five years.
Artists are nominated by a selection panel, including IMMA Director, Sarah Glennie and Head of Collections, Christina Kennedy and independent guest curator, Roscommon based visual artist Linda Shevlin.

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