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Jack Pakenham

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Jack Pakenham was born in Dublin in 1938 but grew up in Belfast, a background which would heavily influence his career. Graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast in French, Spanish and Philosophy (1938), he is largely self-taught as an artist and his work aims to confront the violence of the ‘Troubles.’ Pakenham started off as a poet and was a member of The Belfast Group, a guild which has claimed members such as Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon.
The artist’s ongoing engagement with Ulster’s troubled history has shaped his multiple solo shows including Here It Is: 1974 – 2014 at the Oriel Gallery. He was made a member of the Royal Ulster Academy in 1987.

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