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An Focal Art Club #7- Harry Clarke

Hailed as one of the greatest stained glass artists of all time, Harry Clarke contributed in establishing Ireland’s unique artistic voice during the early years of the Free State. With vivid lively faces rooted in the revival of Gothic stained glass imagery, Harry Clarke is remembered as one of Ireland’s greatest artists and mastered both drawing and glass in his …


An Focal Art Club #5 -Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.” Remembered for a strikingly short, meteoric career, Jean Michel Basquiat is the embodiment of a troubled genius. Having overcome poverty to lead an anti-establishment art movement inspired by the New York graffiti scene, Basquiat continues to send shock …

An Focal Art Club #4- Yayoi Kusama

At 89 years old, few artists have made a larger impact on the contemporary art world than Yayoi Kusama. From spurring Pop Art to defining Minimalism, the iconic polka dot artist has an impressive body of work that explores mental illness, consumerism and the psyche. Hailed as one of the most important living Japanese artists today, Yayoi Kusama has achieved …

An Focal Art Club #3- Egon Schiele

Tortured, emaciated figures lost in thought in a dizzying space, melting backgrounds and skin resembling decay. Retaining the same shock factor a century on, the troubling works of Egon Schiele continues to intrigue art lovers. In a short life, he became a pioneer of the Expressionist movement while making strides through shocking, bold and sexual works. Tension, anxiety and sexuality …

An Focal Art Club #2- Faith Ringgold

In 1968, a black artist launched her first solo exhibition American People. The display quickly became a talking point for its unflinching depictions of racial tensions. #20: Die depicts the riots of 1967. Crimson blood splatters contorted, helpless figures with their haunted saucer eyes spelling pain, both animalistic and terrified. The men and women wear business clothes, making the business …