‘A World in a Sea of Darkness’ – Platform Arts – 7 (opening) to 28 Jan

Platform Arts is thrilled to announce the first show of 2023! The opening event is this Saturday 7th of January 3pm to 6pm. We would like to invite you to come and join us for it! Refreshments at the opening event are as always provided by The Reporter Bar.*

Patrick Hickey is a queer Northern Irish painter who explores themes of gender, masculinity, identity, and sexuality in his practice. Currently exhibiting at The MAC Belfast (2022-3) and having previously exhibited at PS2 (2022), An Cultúrlann (2022), the Royal Ulster Academy (2021-2), the Salonathon at Platform Arts (2021) and CCA Derry-Londonderry (2021), Patrick now returns to Platform with his striking and thought-provoking solo show.

A World in a Sea of Darkness features a selection of already exhibited works alongside new works, all made as a part of Patrick’s practice-based PhD research project at Ulster University, Belfast. This exhibition, and Patrick’s research, explores homoeroticism in 20th century painting, with a focus on Irish and Northern Irish art, alongside contemporary painting practices. Northern Irish cultural assumptions consistently weave throughout his art practice, often in subtle and obscure ways, with the male nude figure in a strange, fantastical landscape featuring heavily throughout. The strange, fantastical island found within Patrick’s work is inspired by mythological islands found within Irish mythology, Hy-Brasil and Tír na nÓg, both said to be off the west coast of Ireland. Within this fictionalised reality lies the possibility to give his characters a freedom that cannot be experienced within everyday life.


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