‘Oswald Glitch’ is currently on show in the RHA Annual Exhibition in Dublin. In the article by Niall MacMonagle Donald notes that the painting began with a photo – he had a ‘semi-informed knowledge of Oswald’s life viewed through the lens of the Kennedy assassination. It’s one of those ‘whirlpools’ of history, it refuses to stay ‘fixed. I used a close-up of Oswald being led by policemen. The composition had a sort of pin-up’ feel, something that strangely linked into the tension between fame and infamy. I placed him on a neutral background (the T-short was his own!), gave him the spotlight. However, I wasn’t setting out to produce something iconographic. I wanted to imbue a feeling of instability in the figure, the instability in his narrative, his charahter, his sanity…’
The RHA Annual exhibition continues until 10th August, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.