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Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection
Object Type: Painting
Artist/Maker: McKenna, Martin
Date: 2006
Media/Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 166.2 cm x 166 cm
Awards: RGU Drawing and Painting Purchase Award
Classification: Painting


Figurative composition featuring an ornate architectural interior. Composition features linear tactile application of white paint. RGU purchase prize.

Artist statement:

'If the enemy masses his forces, he loses ground; if he scatters, he loses strength'
General Nguyen Giap

My paintings deal with what appears to be a contradiction, suggesting, in fact the issues which appear opposed, are really the same.
This idea is explored with reference to 'modernism' form following function, where understatement characterises the form and 'mannerism' with its decorative indulgence obscuring the function. I have embraced both positions as a means to engage the viewer with the superficial contradictions of 'opposition'.

RGU Purchase Prize
Object Number: ABDRG2006.6