Artist: George Warren
Medium: Wood and Paint Indoor Sculpture
Collection: Office of Public Works (OPW)
Location at Grangegorman: Foyer, Greenway Hub
Commission Type: On Loan from OPW
Commissioner: Grangegorman Development Agency, DIT
Dates of Loan: Sept 2017 – Sept 2018
Per Cent for Art: Yes
Pictured at the contract signing L-R: Nora Rahill GDA, Jacquie Moore OPW, George Warren Artist, and Brian Norton DIT President
On loan from the Office of Public Works (OPW) to the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) as part of Pathway 6: Lending & Acquisitions of the Grangegorman Public Art programme. The artist, George Warren, is a graduate of DIT.
Statement by the artist:
‘When Green Centaur was being made it was just a green torso of an “Atlas figure” holding a globe, a figure taken from an earlier painting. The challenge I set myself was to make the abstract green creature in the painting and make it real, to see how a translation of a character in my paintings would look like in a three-dimensional reality. Once the torso was realised there was a problem. Although I was very pleased, there was a problem with scale – I could not just put it on the ground because the top barely passed my knees and I wasn’t going to put it on an old-fashioned pedestal. I tried giving it two legs first but it kept falling, but from the moment I thought of using four legs and turning it into a centaur I knew I had come across something very interesting that I would not have originally thought about and respected unless I came about it in the way I did.’
The wood and paint sculpture is 188 x 140 x 57 cms
Check out the video of the ‘Green Centaur’ being installed in Grangegorman below.
- Artist Bio
George Warren was born in 1988 and lives and works in County Wexford and in Dublin. His undergraduate degree was undertaken at the Fine Art Department of the Dublin Institute of Technology and at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Netherlands. He was awarded an MFA at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, in 2012.
“Every time I start a new painting I try to forget what I’ve done, try to go in there fresh every time.”
In his 2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition, Irish Times art critic Aidan Dunne identified Warren’s “hermetic mode of painting” further describing his work as “compelling and not averse to taking risks”.