Stephen Doyle is an artist exploring issues of queer identity through an examination of the relationship between figuration and the politics of representation. He makes paintings in the tradition of realism, depicting subjects within everyday settings in a naturalistic manner, although the painted scenes look staged.
The paintings often include objects such as metal rods, fabric, neon light and ceramics – elements that emphasise their underlying ‘theatricality’. This exhibition features new works addressing LGBTQIA+ autonomy in China, created in the aftermath of a residency in Shanghai in 2019, in which the artist experienced the historic and current restrictive social structures with respect to queer culture.
Image Credit: Stephen Doyle, Voguers in the Afternoon, 2020. Oil on canvas and ceramics, 50 x 70 x 20 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Cork.