Paul Thek (1933 – 1988) was born in New York but spent much of his tome travelling and working in Europe, often with a group of collaborators. Deeply responsive to Catholicism, current events, folk ritual, legend and literature, his work, ranging from small – scale drawings, to enormous complex environments, embodies the compulsive intensity of the way he lived. Thek’s influence and the relevance of his work to contemporary practice has become increasingly apparent. His work has been shown widely in the USA and Europe since the 1960s, but this is his first solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition focuses on Thek’s drawings on newspaper, paintings and notebooks, with a selection of small sculptures. It has been realised with generous curatorial assistance from Ted Bonin , NY, and in collaboration with the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.
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