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Stephen Lough­man. Kevin Ka­vanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin Un­til Novem­ber 12 kevinka­vanagh­gallery.ie Stephen Lough­man’s dead­pan re­al­ist paint­ings of film sets from well-known main­stream pro­duc­tions have a slightly un­set­tling un­der­cur­rent. They are both real and un­real, they are de­void of peo­ple but sug­gest the odd ab­sence of peo­ple – and they are of­ten vaguely, trou­blingly fa­mil­iar. Now he changes tack but achieves a sim­i­lar ef­fect in a dif­fer­ent con­text. The sources for his lat­est paint­ings are would-be English ru­ral do­mes­tic set­tings (de­tail from Tun­nel of Se­crets, left) in a se­ries of picture post­cards pro­duced by the Women’s In­sti­tute, a Brexit idyll of bliss­ful coun­try life. Yet un­ease sim­mers. Again the ques­tion be­comes not what are we see­ing but: what are we miss­ing? AD

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