New York

Dermot Seymour

Paula Allen Gallery

Of the bitter conflicts in the world, none seems more touched by insanity—and for a multiplicity of reasons—than that of Northern Ireland. There, aided by their cynical government, the protagonists are engaged in a protracted struggle over ancient mythologies, while the world is in jeopardy from the insidious effects of pollution. This appears to be the subject of Dermot Seymour’s painted landscapes, in which invasion, surveillance, and disaster take place under the baleful stares of domesticated, wild, and exotic animals. It is not an easy subject to deal with in this medium, and Seymour’s work seems at times like a rather clumsy conflation of illustrations for young children of “life on the farm” (or “in the zoo”) and the news media’s war coverage. Nonetheless, it is probably true to the experience of childhood there—an innocence too suddenly contaminated by the madness of the adult

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