In his ongoing 'Irish History Painting' series the artist playfully asks how contemporarily-made history paintings could function and present.
He researches the potential roles of abstraction, ‘the sign’, framing, scale, queer identity, colour, painterly gesture, Classical drawing and composition, humour, troubled and regrettable histories, nihilism and the sacrosanct nature of history in today's history paintings.

The artist explores Irish history in particular due to his paternal heritage; and works from a 1843 list of suggested history painting titles penned by the nationalist and revolutionary Young Irelander Thomas Davis, in his newspaper The Nation.

Irish History Painting Curran Cross-Examining Armstrong

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