The Depiction of Irish Masculinity in Neo-Expressionist Painting

Author: Pinfold, Michael
Year:2011
Pages:332
ISBN:0-7734-3733-9
978-0-7734-3733-3
Price:219.95
This study examines Irish artistic production and generates a debate on how the painters' collective artistic intentions transcend national borders to engage with the wider debate concerning male subjectivity and masculine representation within a sexual political arena where patriarchal attitudes and assumptions are questioned.

Includes 40 color reproductions of paintings by Brian Maguire, Patrick Graham, and Michael Mulcahy.

Reviews

“. . . compelling and persuasive. The author is clearly in full command of his subject. . . particularly impressive in this regard is the way the book speaks to participants in current debates while, at the same time, bearing in mind the needs of the reader who is new to the area.”

– Prof. Stuart Allan
Bournemouth University


“. . . artistically wrought and creatively conceptualized book of an exceptional scholarly standard . . . Michael Pinfold has managed to elevate a seemingly overlooked subject, and in doing so provided a vivid portrayal of Irish masculinity. Impeccably well researched and clearly written.”

– Prof. Hayley-Anne Murphy
The Sultan's School


From the Foreword
There is an active engagement with the effects of the Irish diaspora, and how that has come to formulate the experience of ‘Irishness’ that is reflected in the artworks, both for those who carry Irish blood, wherever they may be located, as well as for those who look on, and view the paintings as non-participants.. . . Ireland, its experience throughout the twentieth century, and the impact of that experience upon its populace, form the axis both for the artworks under consideration, and the ways in which they are interpreted by this book. A nation is an evolving entity, and its people are responsive to, and instigative of, social change; its cultural output reflects and promotes aspects of that national development. Insularity is broken as the cultural map expands, and as the twenty-first century comes to catalogue its changes through artistic works, so the critical model within these pages comes to resonate further.

Prof. Eugene O'Brien
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Foreword -
Eugene O’Brien

CHAPTER 1
Contextualisation and Framing Discourses

CHAPTER 2
Irish Identity as Ethnic Formation

CHAPTER 3
Aesthetics and Identity

CHAPTER 4
Visual Imagery and the Self

CHAPTER 5
Neo Expressionist Painting as Masculine Project

CHAPTER 6
Postmodern Rhetoric and Redefinition

CHAPTER 7
Recontextualisation and Reframing Discourses

Endnotes
Bibliography
Index