The Depiction of Irish Masculinity in Neo-Expressionist Painting
|Author: ||Pinfold, Michael|
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.
“. . . 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
“. . . 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
From the Foreword
The Sultan's School
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
Contextualisation and Framing Discourses
Irish Identity as Ethnic Formation
Aesthetics and Identity
Visual Imagery and the Self
Neo Expressionist Painting as Masculine Project
Postmodern Rhetoric and Redefinition
Recontextualisation and Reframing Discourses