A toddler stares solemnly at the viewer, wearing a hat of a soft toy's head. He stands in front of a vibrant green background, and wears an orange vest.
Gillian O’Shea, Lockdown, 2020. © Gillian O'Shea.Credit

Gillian O'Shea

Lockdown, 2020

Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

This is a portrait of Gyuri, the daughter of one of the artist’s friends. It was painted during a period of lockdown in Ireland that stemmed from the Covid-19 pandemic. This portrait invites the viewer to consider the story behind Gyuri’s pensive and intense expression, which conveys a sense of wisdom far beyond her young age. The juxtaposition between Gyuri’s playful pink animal hat and her accusatory expression prompts the viewer to consider her compelling narrative.


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