Paul Nugent


presented by Kevin Kavanagh

Born 1964 in Dublin, Ireland

Paul Nugent’s paintings weave back into history to explore ideas about memory, veracity of representation, the use and proliferation of imagery and the place of painting in contemporary representation. Nugent’s work has dealt with people and places associated with religion - Cardinals, Franciscans, churches loaded with symbolic furnishings, religious statuary, and lately, orphanages.


What the paintings tell us is that memory is not just a repository where we store things we might want to revisit for pleasure but also the place where the ghosts of history, benign or otherwise, hover, like the negative waiting to be printed into something positive, like the images that emerge from beneath the surface in Paul Nugent’s paintings.


He has recently exhibited inThe Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2010; Kerava Art Museum, Finland,2009; Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, 2009

Paul Nugent, Altar, 2007, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm