Portraits by Mick O’Dea feature as part of Seamus Nolan’s Traveller Collection at the Hugh Lane
DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE
21 June 2018 – 23 September 2018
In 2017, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, came together for the first time to commission a significant socially engaged artist’s project in Dublin. Following submissions by artists from all of the CAPP partners, Irish artist Seamus Nolan’s proposal was successful. Seamus Nolan’s exhibition will comprise of archival material that forms the Irish Travelling People: a Resource Collection and which is borrowed from the Special Collections of Ulster University as well as paintings by Mick O’Dea from the Martin Folan collection at Pavee Point.
In the early 1990s, community activist Martin Folan approached artist Mick O’Dea about working with Travellers. O’Dea painted a series of nine close-up portraits of Traveller men and women, without any props or background identifying them as members of the Traveller community. He painted them, in his own words ‘without any emphasis on their status in life.’ Photo: Left to Right Artist Mick O’Dea with Martin Collins, Director Pavee Point.