Skip to Main Content

one

© Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile

Irish, born 1969

one, 2010

ink, gouache, and watercolor on handmade paper

sheet: 24 x 31 inches (60.96 x 78.74 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Fellows for Life Fund, by exchange and Gift of Demotte and Company, by exchange, 2012

2012:42

More Details

Inscriptions

signature, dated / back, lower left / Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile. 10/2010.
inscription / back, lower left / "One."

Provenance

Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York;
November 20, 2012, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Drawings
Paintings

Work Type

Drawing (visual work)
Gouache (painting)
Watercolor (painting)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile’s mystical drawings are informed by the natural world. His work allows the viewer to lament the past while considering the present by reflecting the temporality of all living things. The artist has said, “All my drawings come out of my journal practice; by combining text and imagery I strive to convey a sense of mystery.” This work is part of a series of drawings the artist developed from his observation of the Skellig Islands in Ireland, which are the site of a seventh-century Christian monastery. It depicts a recognizable yet fictional vision of the towers of the monastery engulfed by fire. Below, underground hideouts are rendered as spaces for escape and renewal. According to Ó Fraithile, one is meant to evoke a time in which ancient people went on pilgrimages to remote places to be closer to the Divine. For him, the essence of his practice is about offering a similar kind of space to the viewer.

Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017

Back to Top