Podcast | Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory

An expressionistic painting.
Jack B. Yeats, Donnelly's Hollow, 1936.
Private Collection.
© Estate of Jack B. Yeats, DACS London, IVARO Dublin, 2021. Image courtesy of Bonhams 1793.

Jack B. Yeats: Capturing the essence of memories

Experiences from the artist Jack B. Yeats’s memory are the subjects of his paintings in oil from the mid-1920s onwards. Through the prism of memory, banal scenes such as train journeys and fair days are transformed into sensual, rich-coloured spectacles .

In this podcast, Dr Brendan Rooney and Professor Ruth Byrne discuss how Yeats captures the essence of memory in these works and how retrieving ideas from memory was vital in Yeats’s creative process.

Ruth Byrne is the Professor of Cognitive Science at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, in the School of Psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience. Her research expertise is in the cognitive science of human thinking, including experimental and computational investigations of reasoning and imaginative thought.

Brendan Rooney is Head Curator and Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland.

This podcast is inspired by our recent Jack B. Yeats exhibition, Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory, which was on display until 6 February 2022.  

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