Patrick Graham: Transfiguration

  • Exhibitions

17 March 2022 – 10 July 2022

Admission Free

Transfiguration is survey exhibition by Irish artist Patrick Graham, who is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most influential contemporary painters.

Transfiguration is survey exhibition by Irish artist Patrick Graham, who is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most influential contemporary painters. Transfiguration showcases a selection of his collage drawings alongside the monumental paintings and triptychs from the 1980s to the present including his recent return to self-portraiture.

“Patrick Graham’s painterly, improvised surfaces invariably convey a startling openness and vulnerability.” Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions.

We are delighted to present Patrick Graham: Transfiguration in the Hugh Lane Gallery which is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication that will be on sale from May with book launch to be announced and will include contributions from Richard Cork, Kelly Grovier and Jörg Heiser. Transfiguration will be supported by an associated education programme throughout the duration of the exhibition. Please see Explore & Learn for details.

Curated by Michael Dempsey


  • Biography

    Patrick Graham was born in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in 1943. He was awarded a scholarship to National College of Art and Design (1959-1963) and since the late 1960’d has exhibited in Ireland and internationally. He is a member of Aosdána and in 1987, was awarded the Presidents Gold Medal, Oireachtas Exhibition. In 2016 Graham was awarded the Savills Art Prize.

    Graham has exhibited widely and his works are in private and public collections nationally and internationally. He has participated in many symposia including the National Gallery of Ireland; Berkeley Art Museum, IMMA, Trinity College Dublin; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; University of Michigan; Northeastern University, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles.

  • Profile

    Graham emerged in the 1980s in a period of uncertainty for the discipline of painting in critical art discourse. He consolidated a position dedicated to a personal quest for existential meaning through aesthetic experience. The electricity and intensity inherent in the work along with the raw emotion evidenced in his gestural marks is derived from his ecstatic responses to history and personal identity.

    His heroic subjects are imbued with that fundamental human desire to communicate and his compositions present multiple possibilities of interpretation.

    Graham insists on cultivating the relationship between artwork and viewer in his large paintings. His works are metaphorically transformed into enthralling spaces and diagrammatic universes brimming with meaning and interpretation. Graham incorporates text into his layered compositions frequently, not as a citation or illustration, but as a visible, inseparable action that packs a visceral punch through line, colour, and brushstroke.

  • Further information

    For further information please contact: [email protected] or (01) 222 5563

Patrick Graham interview with Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Hugh Lane Gallery

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