Rita Donagh

EVENING PAPERS ULSTER 72-73

1973/74 Rita Donagh (1939 − )

The artist had been working on this painting for a two year period and it was not until it was well advanced that the main image was introduced, up to that the point the work had been a more generalised expression of the troubles in Northern Ireland. As with previous works the artist had found the image in a newspaper; The Sunday Timeshad covered the story of a car bombing in Talbot Street in Dublin and carried a photograph of one of the victims covered with the evening newspapers. For the artist the juxtaposition of this image against the formalist contrivances of the rest of the painting seemed to symbolise the psychological and emotional trauma of ‘the troubles’. Sometime after the work was completed Donagh visited Dublin and went to the site of the disaster and spoke to the boy selling newspapers in exactly the same spot where the bomb had exploded. He told the artist ‘.. everyone thought that it was me who had been killed but it was one of my customers, he shielded me from the blast’.

Further reading:
Rita Donagh Paintings and Drawings, Whitworth Art Gallery/Arts Council of Great Britain 1977 (texts by Rita Donagh)

  • Accession Number P2034
  • Dimensions 140 X 200 CM
  • Media OIL/, PENCIL AND COLLAGE ON CANVAS

Glossary (2)

  • Painting

    Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.

  • Photograph

    A permanent image taken by means of the chemical action of light on light-sensitive surfaces.

Work Theme

Past exhibitions

FALL OUT: WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION

  • 2010
    • UK, Canterbury, Sidney Cooper Gallery
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery

RITA DONAGH

  • 2005
    • UK, Birmingham, Ikon Gallery

LES SIXTIES

  • 1997
    • UK, Brighton, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

RITA DONAGH DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS

  • 1995
    • UK, London, Camden Arts Centre
  • 1994
    • UK, Manchester, Cornerhouse
    • Ireland, Dublin, Irish Museum Of Modern Art

SYDNEY BIENNALE

  • 1979
    • Australia, Sydney, British Council Office - Sydney

HAYWARD ANNUAL

  • 1978
    • UK, London, Hayward Gallery

RITA DONAGH

  • 1977
    • UK, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery Exhibition + Tour

PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY RITA DONAGH

  • 1977
    • UK, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery & Tour

ARTE INGLESE OGGI 1960-76

  • 1976
    • Italy, Milan, Palazzo Reale
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