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Limerick Artist Joe Duggan to have work shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021



Joe Duggan at his solo exhibition ‘Material’ at the Swiss Cottage Gallery. 

Limerick Artist Joe Duggan to have work shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

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No.17 is made out of wood, paint, plaster, screws and glue, and will be available to view at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021




Limerick contemporary artist Joe Duggan to have his work featured in one of the most prestigious open submission exhibitions in the world, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021.

The exhibition, which opened on Wednesday, September 22, will run until Saturday, January 22, 2022.

The competition, which had 16,000 entries, has been running annually since 1769 and is a celebration of contemporary art and architecture. Joe was one of 1,300 submissions to be selected.

The artwork Joe submitted to the RA Summer Exhibition 2021 is a sculpture, ‘No.17’ is from his Material exhibition, which began running on Tuesday, August 31.

The Material exhibition is a solo exhibition by Joe, curated by Séamus McCormack, at the Swiss Cottage Gallery. The exhibition is supported by the Irish Embassy in the UK and will run until Friday, October 1.  

The exhibition displays many of Joe’s artworks in their many forms, including sculpture, video, photography and painting.

He salvaged recycled and reflective metals with reclaimed wood, cast concrete and moulded plaster to create his sculptures, reusing everyday throwaway materials.

In these artworks, Joe questions the roles of the maker and the consumer, challenging capitalist value systems, definitions of culture and artists’ defined roles in society.

Joe’s work is inflicted with a wry wit, with the almost cartoon-like figurations of his film and photography revealing his vision that sees the dramatic within the everyday.

He is currently working on a project called “Portrait of a People” and revealed that he shot a lot of it in Ireland when returning home to visit relations, saying that Limerick is still a huge source of inspiration for him in his work.

Jacqui McIntosh, who is an art critic, writer, and curator and exhibitions manager at Drawing Room, London, said, “Duggan’s intricately constructed and skilfully photographed images draw comparison with the work of artists such as Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson.”

The Raheen native moved to London as a young adult, where he studied at the Royal College of Art, graduating with a Masters in Fine Art Photography.

He has had his artwork exhibited in galleries all around the world, including the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, the Museum of Photography in Antwerp, the MOCA in Washington D.C., and many more.

He has received awards from The Arts Council of England, Culture Ireland, Limerick City Council, The British Council and The Irish Arts Council.

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