Patrick Pye RHA, As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics

Curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA. March 2017

After a lifetime of work in painting and stained glass, with the help of Fr. Paul Murray OP and writer/journalist Brian McAvera, author of Patrick Pye, Life and Work, 2013 Pye’s painting Pity for the King of Friday, 2010 will be hung in the Vatican, Vatican City, Italy. Pity for the King of Friday was exhibited in the RHA summer show in 2010. As a painter responsible for creating many works on the subject of the Crucifixion, with this work Pye found new ways of exploring both subject and medium. As McAvera wrote in Pye’s biography “what other Irish painter could deliver so comprehensively a re-imagined subject? What other European painter could take such spectacular liberties with a religious subject and yet allow us the freedom to enter into this strange world as believers and non believers? Paintings like this are a product of a lifetime’s exploration of composition and colour, a lifetime’s experience in the creation of space and the nailing down of a narrative into a pungent, echoing simplicity” – Brian McAvera 2013.

Pye will also exhibit 8-10 works in March 2017 in the highly anticipated international group exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Large works, which haven’t been seen in public since his retrospective in 2000, will be included, such as the large triptych The Life of Heaven, 1997 and God pitched his tent among men, 2000. Studies of these works will also be displayed to convey the progression of style and composition.

Pye is also set to exhibit three works with the National Centre for Liturgy at their conference in Maynooth in February 2017. These will include a small stained glass piece Our Lady at Home c.1980 and a wall hanging John the Baptist c. 1990. For more information on any of the above, please visit: www.facebook.com/artistpatrickpye/

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