Devonshire House hosts its first exhibition “Press” opening on 22nd of March Until the 3rd of April, displaying a collection of Ruairi Fallon McGuigan's latest reduction prints, screen-prints and drawings. The exhibtion explores the Irish diaspora history in London through a series of honest portraits alongside work exploring memory using photographs found cycling across Ireland last Summer.
Ruairi is a Belfast born, London based artist and printmaker. Growing up in Northern Ireland post troubles with and English mother and an Irish Catholic father fuelled Ruairi's interest in identity, particularly Irish identity with its many pre conceptions, romances and contradictions. On moving to England this became a more complex discussion now not only concerned with nationalism and unionism but crossed over by a diaspora who rivalled with each other to be the authentic Irish. Ruairi's works look to explore particular elements of this broad subject mater, working on several historical themes concurrently. Ruairi primarily creates work following two different processes; in the first he uses historical documents and archive images to create body's of visual work providing a context for the second process. Ruairi's second approach is intended to provide a more current insight into Irish identity, stereotypes and political landscape. He commonly gets involved with subject matter through reportage and discussion, working with his observational drawings to build a visual narrative in the form of prints, paintings and installations.
Exhibition Private View: Weds 22nd March, 6 - 9:30pm
Exhibition continues Thurs 23rd March - 3 April, 12 - 5pm
Devonshire House, Flat Iron Square, 64 Union Street, SE1 1TD London