Imogen Stuart - In Her Hands
Imogen Stuart (RHA), one of Ireland’s foremost sculptors, presents her first solo exhibition in over a decade, which was officially opened by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, on 6 December 2022 at Mary Immaculate College.
Mary Immaculate College has long wanted to celebrate the work of Imogen Stuart RHA, whose association with the College goes back more than 60 years. It is a great honour to celebrate Imogen and her contribution to the Arts in Ireland by hosting this exhibition. What a privilege it is for our staff and students to be surrounded by these wonderful artworks offering a source of inspiration and reflection.
Imogen Stuart Biography
Born in Berlin in 1927, Imogen is the daughter of the art critic and author Bruno E. Werner. She grew up in wartime Berlin, where she took up drawing and sculpting at a young age, encouraged by her father who asked the famous German expressionist sculptor, Professor Otto Hitzberger, to take his daughter as a pupil after the War.
In 1945 Stuart began studying under Otto Hitzberger, who taught her modelling, carving, and relief work using different materials. She met her future husband, the Irishman Ian Stuart, grandson of Maud Gonne - who was also studying under Hitzberger - in 1948, and in 1949 the two moved to Ireland. They married in 1951 and took up residence in Laragh Castle near Glendalough. It was here she developed a keen interest in Ancient Irish art and Christian literature and poetry which provided inspiration for her creative practice. Many of her works are displayed in churches and public spaces across Ireland.