Hugh Lane Gallery is presenting a survey exhibition by Richard Gorman in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum of Villa Croce, and Oriental Art Museum E. Chiossone, Genoa, Italy.
The work of Richard Gorman follows his very personal insights and intentions in the manipulation of colours, forms and metaphors on the flat plane of a canvas.
His sensuous paintings and off-beat shapes appear mobile – as if floating past, ascending and colliding with one another. His use of handmade rice paper for printing comes from his time spent in Japan which greatly influenced his thinking.
“The concrete paintings of Richard Gorman engage the beholder, so that the viewer reacts to the questions they pose. Their preconditions have to do with the development of painting in the twentieth century and with Gorman’s reflection on this history” – Michael Dempsey
The exhibition at the Hugh Lane Galllery is accompanied by a full-colour publication with an essay by Roy Foster.
This exhibition is curated by Valeria Ceregini and Michael Dempsey with assistance by Meabh Delaney. Admission is free and all are welcome. It opened in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square on 9th March 2023 and will run until 20th August 2023.
“Viewing a Richard Gorman painting is to be in front of a theatrical setting where the geometrical elements interact with the canvas or paper surface,” says Valeria Ceregini. “It is possible to affirm that his work is a spatial art made up of fragmented and overlapped outlines.”
“A painting is a conflict with disorder. A painting is not a message to anyone. It may not tell a story, it may not even represent an idea. It means only that it signifies what I spend my time doing – it is the outcome of that process of making and remaking on the flat surface in search of a precarious balance.”– Richard Gorman
Born in Dublin in 1946, Richard Gorman was educated in Ireland but has divided his time between Dublin and Milan since the 1980s. He has exhibited widely and regularly since the mid-80s, especially in Dublin, London, Milan and Tokyo.
His solo exhibitions have included shows at Chigasaki Museum, Japan (2019); Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland (2017) Gallery Ihn, Seoul (2004); Galerie der Spiegel, Cologne (2003); Mitaka City Art Foundation, Tokyo (1999) and Itami City Museum of Art, Osaka (1998). Gorman has also participated in group shows, including at the Royal Hibernian Academy (2022) and National Gallery of Ireland (2021).
He has received many awards, most notably the Palette d’Or at the 1986 Festival International de Peinture, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, the Open Award at the EV+A, Limerick in 1987 and the Pollock/Krasner Award in 1996.
Gorman is a member of Aosdána and in 2005 he was elected RHA at the Royal Hibernian Academy. His work features in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Civic Offices Dublin; Ulster Museum, Belfast; AIB Bank and in numerous private collections.