Rita Duffy, SIege II, 1989, Oil on gesso panel, 122.25 x 122cm, Courtesy The Model Home of the Niland Collection/ Graeve Collection
Rita Duffy (b. 1959, Belfast) is an artist whose work concentrates on the figurative surreal tradition. Often autobiographical, her work includes themes and images of Irish identity, history, and politics. She is an associate at Goldsmiths, University of London looking at the role art has in post-conflict societies. Awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship 2009, she worked in the Transitional Justice Institute at University of Ulster and has lectured internationally on her work, increasingly preoccupied with international themes. Her 2016 Souvenir Shop project was selected for national commission, highly acclaimed it continues to travel internationally. Currently artist in residence in a former Courthouse on the Irish border, she continues to explore issues of national identities, working in a specific border context, loaded with creative urgency in a world of increasing chaos and border obsessions. Duffy’s work is increasingly collected at home and abroad with work in numerous public and private collections.
Supported by the British Council