‘A Man for All Mediums’

Eamonn O'Doherty's work is going on exhibit at London Street Gallery.
Eamonn O'Doherty's work is going on exhibit at London Street Gallery.

As part of the ongoing celebrations of City of Culture 2013 The London Street Gallery will host ‘A Man for All Mediums’, an unprecedented exhibition celebrating the work of Derry-born artist, Eamonn O’Doherty, showing from August 29 to Sept 22.

The exhibition is a long overdue celebration of O’Doherty’s work. His sculpture ‘Emigrants’ (1990) – once located in Waterloo Place and now on the Quay Trail – is one of the most popular public sculptures in the city. In 1992 O’Doherty collaborated with Seamus Dunbar on another commission for the city, the reconstruction of the ‘Governor Walker’ statue, now located in the Walker Memorial Garden beside the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall.

In his lifetime, Eamonn O’Doherty completed over 30 such large-scale public works, not only in Ireland, but also the UK, Europe and the USA. Visitors to the exhibition may be more familiar with his landmark works in Dublin, the ‘Crann an Oir’ (Tree of Gold) at the Central Bank Plaza, or the ‘Anna Livia’ monument (fondly rechristened ‘the floozie in the Jacuzzi’ by Dubliners and Eamonn himself); or perhaps the ‘Great Hunger Memorial’ in Westchester in New York.

Curator, John Fitzgerald of Irish Art, Oslo, has selected over 80 works, which collectively demonstrate O’Doherty’s versatility and skill. Noelle McAlinden from Culture Company 2013, and curator of The London Street Gallery, said: “This is a truly special exhibition; it is comprehensive and diverse and includes several exceptional pieces, such as the steel sculpture ‘Armoured Pram for Derry’ (1991), which has been especially restored just for the show, and has not been seen for nearly twenty years. Irish Art has very kindly gifted this magnificent piece to the city for the remainder of the year.”