A Place to Rest: Mario Sughi

  • 19th Oct - 19th Nov
  • 14:30
  • Exhibitions
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It’s like when you sit in a coffee shop and enjoy looking at the people passing by. Some of the people capture your attention. You follow them with your eyes and you reinvent their stories. And yet the only thing you know about those people and their lives is their image standing in front of you. And that is what you try to do when then you draw and paint: you try to capture and reproduce those interesting images. Nothing more nothing less, because the image seems already to have everything you need within it.

Ultimately the work is about the image and the image is made by colours, lights and volumes. It seems to me that digital painting, so naturally adapted to working with primary colours, large backgrounds and flat surfaces, allows for the creation of very elegant images that also have a great sense of depth.

Mario Sughi, was born in Cesena in 1961. His father was the artist Alberto Sughi and it was in his studio under his guidance that Mario started painting and drawing. Towards the end of the seventies in Rome he published his first cartoons and illustrations for Il Male and Zut, two popular satirical magazines of the time. In 1986 he graduated from La Sapienza Univesity with a degree in Art and History. Three years later he moved to Dublin where in 1995 he completed a PhD in Medieval History at Trinity College. In 1996 in Queen’s University, Belfast he prepared for the Irish Manuscripts Commission an edition of a Latin medieval text. On his return to Dublin he went back to his original occupation, working as an illustrator for a commercial company of archaeolgists. It was during this time that he started to use digital techniques for his drawing. In 2007 he turned to producing his own art and illustration on a full-time basis.

His works have been presented in solo exhibitions in different venues in Waterford (2012), Rome (2012), Vicenza (2013), Mannheim (2014 & 2015), Aberdeen (2016) and Turin (2016) and installed at Dublin Airport (2011), NHOW Hotel (Milan 2013), Grosby Park (Dublin 2015), and Raheny Public Library (Dublin 2016),  and presented in the last sixt Annual Exhibitions at the RHA in Dublin.