Imago Mundi – paintings of the world

oil painting of old fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn for Imago Mundi

Well, I was asked to be involved in Imago Mundi, curated in Ireland by Ciara Gibbons, and it really is an impressive project. It’s a contemporary art collection composed of thousands of artworks commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world.

It’s a big collection but all the paintings are tiny. Each artist was given a 12cm x 10cm canvas to work with, and all of these works will become part of the Imago Mundi collection which is published and exhibited internationally. Sean Kissane from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is writing the catalogue essay for the Irish collection.

As I said, these artworks travel the world, aiming to reach the widest possible audience. By the end of 2015, the venture had seen the involvement of 100 countries and over 20,000 artists. The main ambition is to build and pass on to future generations a visual map of human cultures, promoting the artists through catalogues, the web platform, and participation in international events and exhibitions, in collaboration with public and private organizations, including the Venice Biennale, the Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, the Belvedere Museum in Vienna and many other institutions… Ah shur, you name it, we’ll be there!

The little fireplace painting above (12cm x 10cm, oil on canvas) is my own contribution. Your comments are always welcome. Just click on the little brown speech bubble and you can put your comment there.

The project site is at:

More of my work at:




  1. I think this is a good piece but in my opinion, one of your earlier fireplace studies may give a more interesting picture of the derelict Ireland you are intending to convey. Hope this is helpful.


  2. Eoin, congratulations on being asked to participate in such a potentially impactful project.
    Your little fireplace retains something I’ve heard described as ‘monumental’, I guess meaning it conveys grandeur and presence no matter what the scale.


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