Created in December 2016 as part of the centenary celebration of Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the James Joyce Centre is delighted to host this new exhibition of prints by acclaimed printmaker Frank Kiely in January 2017.
Stephen Dedalus, the young protagonist of A Portrait… experiences the world from the unique perspective of a fledgling artist, growing up to rebel against the political and religious orthodoxy of turn-of-the-century Ireland in the pursuit of artistic independence. In this series, Frank Kiely reimagines scenes from the novel in a contemporary setting and probes key themes that remain relevant today, including ideas of childhood and education, art and perception, religion and nationalism. Kiely’s bright and inventive scenes demonstrate both the urgency and prescience of Joyce’s tale of a young man’s artistic and spiritual growth.
This exhibition was on display from 11 January – 28 May 2017.