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Following a somewhat nomadic upbringing, Cork-born artist Patrick Michael Fitzgerald has put down roots in the Basque Country, as Mark Joyce discovers
Leaving the industrial city of Bilbao, heading west on the autovía BI-636. The road climbs steadily following the course of the river Cadagua into a mountainous hinterland of small factories and agricultural holdings, until you reach the town of Zalla. This is where the Irish painter Patrick Michael Fitzgerald has lived and worked for twenty years. Fitzgerald was born and spent his early years in Cork, then the family moved to the UK, where he lived in a number of places. ‘Because my parents moved every few years. I mostly grew up all over England and never really made roots. I remember certain gardens, lanes, woods, streets... but Cork and the surrounding area have a strong emotional pull. I still go back there to visit my parents.’
Fair island–translucent amid thy deep gloom,
What spirits were thine, earth’s broad space to illume?...
Jennifer Goff examines the legacy of arch Modernist Eileen Gray
It has taken a long time for the reputation of Irish-born designer Eileen Gray to be accorded the public recognition it deserves, but earlier this year the Centre Pompidou in Paris mounted an impressive retrospective of her work, part of which is coming to IMMA in October. Renowned as a designer and a self-taught architect, it is less well known that Gray was also a talented photographer and artist. During her later years she destroyed her personal papers, wanting to be remembered only for her work. From the archives which remain, another fact becomes clear; that despite a lifetime spent in France Eileen Gray remained an Irishwoman at heart.