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  • Northside East

Artist exhibits stunning work

Monday, 6th August, 2018 6:00pm
Artist exhibits stunning work

Immanuel Godson’s painting which is a work-in-progress. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Artist exhibits stunning work

Immanuel Godson’s painting which is a work-in-progress. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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A NORTHSIDE man’s stunning work of art, on display at Donaghmede Shopping Centre, is attracting rave reviews. 

Immanuel Godson’s piece, titled ‘The Gagosian Fart’, is a reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’.

The semi-professional artist from Coolock began working on the painting in June but it’s not finished yet.

“It is a work in progress at the moment,” said Immanuel. “I am currently painting it at Donaghmede Shopping Centre. People who visit the gallery are welcome to sit and watch me paint it. The folks seem fascinated how a painting takes shape in front of their eyes.

“In mid September it should be finished and ready to go to the Bell Centre (at the Darndale Belcamp Village Centre) where it will be hung properly.” 

Immanuel took on the project at the request of the Bell Centre and it is measured to a site-specific size for the gallery. The wall is six metres in length and two metres high and Immanuel’s superb painting is 5.8 metres long.

“The title is a reference to multi billionaire art collector named Larry Gagosian (far left in the painting),” said Immanuel. 

“When I first came across his character I began to ponder what it might be like to be such a rich and important man to many.

“The title suggests even a fart from this man would ensue an over enthusiastic encore from the audience around him.

“This piece should be taken as a light-hearted parody on Da Vinci’s original painting and is designed to bring a tongue in cheek smile to the audience.” 

Locals have had no problem recognising some of the people in the painting as they work at the Darndale Belcamp Village Centre or have connections with the centre. 

Immanuel, who features in the painting himself (as Christ!), wanted to give something back to the community. 

“I gave my life's work as a gift to the people of Northside,” he said.  

Immanuel would like to sincerely thank Pat McCabe, manager of Donaghmede Shopping Centre, who allowed him to install the painting at a recent art exhibition thus bringing his talents to a wider audience. 

“Pat McCabe has been very good to me and without his generosity this would not have been possible,” added Immanuel.

“I’d also like to mention Linda Hayden of the Bell Centre who has been a pillar of support in getting my work shown properly in the Bell gallery.” 

Photo by Darren Kinsella

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