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Eamonn O'Doherty

Eamonn O'Doherty is best known for his large-scale public sculptures which stand in Ireland, UK and USA. Among these are landmark works such as the 'Tree of Gold' in Central Bank Plaza in Dublin, the quincentennial sculpture in Eyre Square Galway and the 'The Great Hunger Memorial' in Westchester, New York. O'Doherty is also a skilled printmaker, painter and photographer. In a parallel career, O'Doherty graduated with a degree in Architecture in UCD and was awarded a Visiting Scholarship to Harvard University. He was for many years a Senior Lecturer in Architecture in DIT and decided to retire to make art full time in 2002. In this exhibition O'Doherty's shows lithographs and sculptures, which reflect his ironic viewpoint and sense of 'Irishness'.

Artist Statement

When I was young, childhood and teens, and immersed in a Catholic upbringing, I was fascinated by the gaudy rituals, the processions and altar-performances, the strange outfits and glittering artefacts of the church. Since the sixties, starting with lithographs and drawings and later, sculpture, I have occasionally incorporated some of these images in my work. Of particular interest have been the bizarre outfits, the gold-embroidered cloaks and hats, designed to reinforce the image of the wearer. This transformation of individual into power-figure by means of a codified uniform is of course common to most religions and indeed to armies and corporations, and helps in the acceptance of pyramidal structures, in the case of the Catholic church from Pope to lowly altar-boy. Every step on the stairway is characterized by the adoption of postures of obsequiousness or hauteur (hints of Derrida and Santner's "sovereign and cringing beast").

Although these images are now tinged with absurdity, the power exercised by religions worldwide often seems undiminished. If nothing else, the robes and uniforms are a gift for the painter or sculptor.

Past Graphic Studio Gallery Exhibitions:
» 2011 Eamonn O'Doherty & Margo McNulty





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All prices are for unframed work including 13.5% VAT available for sale in Graphic Studio Gallery



Pas de Dieu
Bronze
only one available
€4,600
SOLD


A Confirmation No.2
Bronze & gold leaf
ed. of 3
only one available
€4,000


The Thin Priest with the Fowling Net
Bronze
only one available
4,200


Palanquin
Bronze
only one available
€4,400


Obsequies
Bronze & distressed paint
only one available
€3,800


Untitled (Bishop 1)
lithograph
only one available
Framed: €525
SOLD


New Clothes
lithograph
only one available
Framed: €700
SOLD


Bishop 2
lithograph
only one available
Framed: €590
SOLD


Untitled (nuns)
lithograph
only one available
Framed: €700
SOLD


At the Pepperpot Church
etching
only one available
Framed: €480
SOLD