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Robert Ballagh "In the heart of the Hibernian Metropolis"

Robert Ballagh "In the heart of the Hibernian Metropolis"

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“In the heart of the Hibernian Metropolis”. Signed lithographic print.
‘In a 1988 painting, “In the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis”, an ingenious yet philosophically credible sepia illusion is created: the figure of Ballagh, in checked shirt, jeans and glasses, is seen accompanying Joyce himself on a stroll down O’Connell Street some day early last century. In fact, the original source photograph of what was then (before Irish Independence) known as Sackville Street was taken in 1904, the year in which Ulysses is set. A print, James Joyce on O’Connell Street, has been made by adapting the 1988 painting, and using some oil paint, to evoke the apparition of the writer apparently stepping out of the street itself, out of history, beyond the picture frame, to confront us now.”
From Literature of the Gorry Gallery in association with Damien Matthews Fine art, Robert Ballagh, Works from the studio 1959-2006, 20.9-5.10 2006, pp.14 & p.81