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Eithne Jordan, Dining Hall II, 2016, oil on linen, 19 5/8 x 25 1/2".

Eithne Jordan

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Eithne Jordan, Dining Hall II, 2016, oil on linen, 19 5/8 x 25 1/2".

Since abandoning the energetic, expressionist style that characterized her early work—cultivated while studying in the mid-1980s in Berlin at what was then the Hochschule der Künste—the Irish painter Eithne Jordan has prioritized contemplative stillness and calculated understatement. Over the past twenty or so years, she has worked in a coolly reserved realist mode, generally focusing her inquisitive gaze on workaday city spaces and nondescript industrial hinterlands. Many of her best paintings catch moments of fleeting calm within the routine commotion of urban experience: waiting alone at a deserted subway station, passing through sleepy suburban housing projects, walking along sparsely lit backstreets late in the evening without another soul in sight.

The mellow and marvelous city atmosphere following a sudden snowfall has been a recurring subject, too: familiar

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