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b. 1946, Ireland

Richard Gorman Biography

A gifted colourist, Richard Gorman is best known for his paintings and works on paper exploring the dynamic interplay between geometric forms. The artist’s work has been greatly influenced by his frequent and extended trips to Japan–for over 25 years, he has visited the family-run Iwano paper factory in Echizen to produce his handmade kozo washi paper. Produced on both a monumental and intimate scale, these paper works offer a delicacy and fragility in counterpoint to his more robust oils on canvas. Both strands of Gorman’s practice draw their power from the compositional tension between increasingly prominent and boldly simplified blocks of colour, often with a subtly playful or humorous undertone.

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Gorman has exhibited widely and regularly since the mid-1980s, especially in Dublin at Kerlin Gallery, and also in London, Milan and Tokyo. Frequent and extended visits to Japan have notably influenced his working methods and materials, most memorably in a series of highly successful large-scale works executed on handmade washi paper that he produced in western Japan in 1999, 2003 and 2008.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Ballinglen Gallery, Mayo (2018); Castletown House, Kildare; Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (both 2016); Assab One, Milan (2015); The MAC, Belfast (2014); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2012); Mitaka City Gallery of Art and Ashikaga City Museum of Art Japan (2010); CCGA Koriyama Museum, Japan (2003); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2001); Itami City Gallery of Art and Mitaka City Art Foundation in Japan (1999). Gorman has also, over the past few years, participated in numerous group shows including Der Spiegel Galerie, Cologne; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and A Measured Quietude, an exhibition of contemporary Irish drawings, which toured the Berkeley Art Museum, California and The Drawing Center, New York. He is represented in many collections, both public and private in Europe, the UK, Ireland and Japan including New York Public Library, Deutsche Bank and The Ulster Museum.

In 2014, Gorman became the first Irish artist to design a carré scarf for luxury fashion house Hermès. Gorman’s designs are used in the Hermès Autumn/Winter 2015 menswear collection and featured in an Hermès window display at the iconic Japanese department store Isetan, Shinjuku, Tokyo, from October 2015.

Text courtesy Kerlin Gallery.

Exhibition view: Richard Gorman, dalkey 2, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (16 June–15 August 2020). Courtesy the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. 

Richard Gorman Featured Artworks

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Echo Delta by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanEcho Delta, 2020Oil on linen
100 x 100 cm
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Victor Victor by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanVictor Victor, 2020Oil on linen
170 x 170 cm
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Charlie Charlie by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanCharlie Charlie, 2020Oil on linen
170 x 340 cm
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Zulu Echo by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanZulu Echo, 2020Oil on linen
100 x 100 cm
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Echo Zulu by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanEcho Zulu, 2020Oil on linen
100 x 100 cm
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Yankee X-Ray by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanYankee X-Ray, 2020Oil on linen
150 x 150 cm
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Romeo Papa by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard GormanRomeo Papa, 2020Oil on linen
150 x 150 cm
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angles only by Richard Gorman contemporary artwork
Richard Gormanangles only, 2018Oil on linen
150 x 150 cm
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Richard Gorman Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Gorman, dalkey 2 at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
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16 June–15 August 2020 Richard Gorman dalkey 2 Kerlin GalleryDublin
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Gorman, dalkey at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
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6 March–9 April 2020 Richard Gorman dalkey Kerlin GalleryDublin

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