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West Wing

Room 27

Room 10 of 16

In the early 1970s, Cecil King began concentrating on the hard- edge paintings for which he is best-known. The play between flat surface and illusionist third dimension was a continuing preoccupation – the internal dynamics of colour and shape generating tension within his work.

Sculptor John Burke’s intimate understanding of his material is evident in the juxtaposition of simple geometric shapes forming abstract compositions in space. He was instrumental in spearheading a renaissance in sculptural practice in Cork during the 1970s, continued by his pupils Eilís O’Connell, Vivienne Roche and Maud Cotter, among others. Working in welded steel, Burke’s work was influenced by that of Anthony Caro and Alexander Calder.

Patrick Scott was invited to become the designer of the first Rosc exhibition in 1967; as well as designing the exhibition spaces, he devised the catalogue’s cover motif, as seen here in Small Rosc Symbol. Related to his series of Device paintings and tapestries, the motif was an irregular circle which could be interpreted as either an eye or an open mouth and was created in reference to the ambiguity contained in the title Rosc, translated as ‘the poetry of vision’. Scott designed the covers for subsequent Rosc catalogues in 1971, ’77 and ’80.