Artists’ Laboratory 05: Hughie O’Donoghue RA – Autumn 2012 – RA Magazine and Blog – Royal Academy of Arts


Artists’ Laboratory 05: Hughie O’Donoghue RA, Painting/Memory Weston Rooms, until 14 Oct

RA Magazine Autumn 2012

Issue Number: 116

Artists’ Laboratory 05: Hughie O’Donoghue RA

 

Hughie O’Donoghue RA talks to Horatio Clare about his work based on deeply personal acts of remembrance featuring in the latest of the RA’s ‘Artists’ Laboratory’ series

The painter Hughie O’Donoghue RA is preparing for his forthcoming show at the Royal Academy with a project that revolves around the idea of remembrance: his father, Daniel, sent letters home to Hughie’s mother during the Second World War, when he was fighting in Italy, among other places. The painter says of his father’s letters: ‘They have a candour, a directness, that is prized in art but very rarely achieved. They are unselfconscious.

‘My paintings are meditations on this, attempts to grasp something that is about to become distant and remote. There is a brief moment of intensity before living history slips out of our grasp; a flame flickers for an instant and then dies. In the case of the human experience of the Second World War, the flame is flickering now.’

via Artists’ Laboratory 05: Hughie O’Donoghue RA – Autumn 2012 – RA Magazine and Blog – Royal Academy of Arts.

Artists’ Laboratory 05: Hughie O’Donoghue RA, Painting/Memory Weston Rooms, until 14 Oct

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