Hughie O'Donoghue: Richer Dust
16 October - 21 December 2001
Organised in association with Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, this exhibition contained Hughie O'Donoghue's carborundum prints and related paintings and drawings made between 1995 and 2000. O'Donoghue's printmaking activities have resulted in his most powerful graphic works to date.
Invented in the USA in the 1930's, the carborandum process is a relatively new development in printmaking. It is only recently that it has come into prominence as an artistic medium with a very painterly effect. Manchester-born O'Donoghue was drawn to the medium for its flexibility and fluidity and its closeness to his own practise as a painter.
The impact of his work derives from his use of his medium that allows him to make prints of an equivalent scale to his large paintings. He confronts similarly ambitious subject matter - such as the Crucifixion - with a comparable range of painterly expression.