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‘Partially Buried’ makes reference to the Aberfan coalmining disaster of 1966 in which 144 people were killed. James Rielly, who was 10 years old at the time of the disaster, has dealt with a subject of great tragedy in a simple and yet seemingly peaceful way. The background is painted in pale, muted pastel colours as is the plain simple building, which is being engulfed by the black impenetrable mass.
oil on canvas
H 198.1 x W 259.1 cm
NMW A 27903
gift from the artist, 2006