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New Potatoes: New Irish Paintwork
Helen O’Leary and Paul Chidester

New Potatoes: New Irish Paintwork Helen O'Leary and Paul Chidester

New Potatoes: New Irish Paintwork Helen O'Leary and Paul ChidesterNew Potatoes: New Irish Paintwork
Helen O’Leary and Paul Chidester


Softcover, spiral bound
105 x 140 mm
32 pages
ISBN 0906630274


*This artists’ book was kindly donated to the collection by Simon Cutts and Erica Van Horn of Coracle press in August 2022.*

New Potatoes: New Irish Paintwork 2002-04 is a collaborative book of photographs between artists Helen O’Leary and Paul Chidester. It is an exploration of the various ways that paint is employed in the Irish landscape.

About the Artists
Paul Chidester received his B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at the University of Colorado, Boulder and M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center; the Painting Center, New York; the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art, Dublin; John Post Lee Gallery, New York; Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington; The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland; The Juniata Museum of Art and Zg Gallery, Chicago. Reviews of his works have appeared in ARTFORUM, The Chicago TribuneThe Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Crain’s Business News, and WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.

Helen O’Leary is an Irish-born artist based in the United States and Ireland, known for constructions that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture and object and image.

About the Publisher
Coracle is a small publishing press directed by writer and artist Erica Van Horn and poet, artist and editor Simon Cutts. The consistent intention has been to involve artists, editors, poets and writers in the creation of an eclectic synthesis of word, image and print that could flourish in book form through exploration of metaphor, allusion, paradox and irony. It was initially started from a small farm between the hills of South Tipperary, Ireland in 1996. Mostly based in London from the 1970s, as a publisher, gallery, and a space for books, ‘workfortheeyetodo’ was the last bookshop-based project there, held in the mid-1980s. Coracle now continues more remotely as a printer-publisher, employing many of the devices and formats of hypothetical publishing inherent in the small press. Inevitably, much of the content of the publishing is of the nature of the book itself, in both critical and playful dimensions. The content almost always contains a residue of poetry, and a concern with the mechanisms of the book as a manifestation of the poem itself.

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