‘Fools and Dreamers’ | Fergal Styles at Hang Tough Contemporary


'Fools and Dreamers' | Fergal Styles at Hang Tough Contemporary Date/Time
Date(s) - 16/06/2022 - 03/07/2022

Hang Tough Contemporary




‘Fools and Dreamers’ x Fergal Styles


  • Launch: 6pm, Thursday June 16th
  • Running: Through to July 3rd
  • Location: Hang Tough Contemporary No. 4 Exchequer St. Dublin, D02 HX95


Hang Tough Contemporary is delighted to announce ʻFools and Dreamersʼ, a stunning new body of work from Fergal Styles.

Fools and Dreamers is an imaginistʼs dialogue. Through a wide variety of media, the artist explores their own weird logic, naivety, cliché, sincerity, their own fear of looking stupid, as well as transient specific interests in the world around them. Fools and Dreamer eschews precision in favour of a kind of wonky mannerism, where the artistʼs indexical use of colour can take centre stage.


ʻʼI make art because I am optimistic. Dogʼs teeth, disembodied legs, kitchen tiles, plant pots, blue splats and glitter-covered-bunting contest the shining surfaces of my paintings. I smuggle things in and hide away others, always hoping the work will spring something unexpected upon me. I utilise a wide variety of media in an attempt to breach the picture plane and in extension, the dream-like nature of reality. I am playful, and material experimentation allows for the subject of my work to remain emergent. I anticipate my imaginationʼs own agency and let images come forward from the inside out. I make art because I am optimistic.ʼʼ 

Fergal Styles (b. 1992) is an artist living and working in Dublin, Ireland. He uses a wide variety of media to create interior images that move between low realism and high abstraction.

Fergal graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2016) and in 2018 completed a fellowship at Wendyʼs Subway Brooklyn, NYC. In 2020, Wendyʼs Subway published Golliard/Methexis, a publication by himself and artist Cillian Finnerty. Fergal has received funding awards from public bodies such as the Arts Council of Ireland and DLR Arts. His work has been included in recent exhibitions such as ʻ11/11ʼ at HangTough Contemporary, Dublin and ʻIn A New Lightʼ at ArtCityWorks London. His work is held in both public and private collections.

ʻFools and Dreamersʼ x Fergal Styles will be hosted in Hang Tough Contemporary, Exchequer Street. Drinks are kindly provided by Teelings Whiskey.

The launch is a free event but guest must register to attend via Eventbrite. 

No booking is required to visit the gallery after the launch. Hang Tough Contemporary Opening Hours (After Exhibition Launch):

  • Monday, Closed
  • Tuesday, 12 – 6
  • Wednesday, 12 – 6
  • Thursday, 12 – 6
  • Friday, 12 – 6
  • Saturday, 12 – 6
  • Sunday, 12 – 4


Exhibition Enquiries – gallery@hangtoughcontemporary.com

Press Enquiries – press@hangtough.ie



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