Tag Beckett Vs The Scramp at Duke Street Gallery
Duke Street Gallery is proud to present its first exhibition with Dublin- based artist Tag Beckett. His new show ‘Tag Beckett Vs The Scramp’ opens September 23rd, 2021. The specially selected date marks the tenth anniversary of Tag Beckett’s debut show.
“In 1972, Mr E. Frank Sutton, my grandfather, invented ’The Scramp’; an innocuous, small wooden hinge used to support display boards. The idea of the design was that as well as being highly functional, it looked better than the traditional metal bolts.”
However, the patent was allegedly stolen by his business partner, and Frank never received the credit for his invention. Years went by, with ‘The Scramp’ only remembered in the family’s folklore. Beckett himself learned about it from his father Patrick, who in 2018 was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This shake up reinvigorated the artist’s curiosity in his deep-rooted and personal family connections by exploring the shared history of The Scramp.
Beckett continues: “This is a multi-faceted art experience about love and family; the conflict between fathers and sons; childhood wonder; how our fathers are our first heroes; the inner battle of wanting to be good enough; the deep desire to make your father proud; but, most importantly, it is about how one moment can change your life forever.”
About the artist:
Painter, thinker, maker, doer, Tag Beckett’s paintings are reflections on how beautifully strange and bizarre it is being a man in his thirties today. In the modern era’s search for meaning, Beckett looks towards his Father, Grandfather, and their legacy; wondering what his own will be.
Combining intimate personal history and an openness towards the cathartic power of creative exploration, this multi-media show is an injection of sincere positivity into the contemporary Irish art scene. In his own words: “my work is like medication covered in something sweet so it’s easier to swallow.”
for more info contact:
DUKE STREET GALLERY,
17 DUKE STREET DUBLIN 2
+353 1 613 9005