Richard Gorman – HAN


19 May – 23 June 2016

SO Fine Art Editions is delighted to present new prints by one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary abstract artists, Richard Gorman. Painter, printmaker, sculptor and most recently collaborator on a series of carré scarves with the historic French luxury brand Hermés, Gorman’s rich colours, surfaces and bold yet tender compositions are being celebrated for their simple complexity both at home and abroad.

Since the mid 80s, Gorman has exhibited regularly in Ireland, Milan, Tokyo, London and Paris with 2015 having been an exceptionally busy year. Gorman worked with Stoney Road Press on a body of work ‘KAN’ – printed on handmade indian paper from shaped aluminium plates, awarding him the ‘Savills Art Prize’ a new visual arts award at VUE 2015 in the RHA Gallery. 2015 was also the year a book of his Gorman’s was published by the Joseph & Anni Albers Foundation and he is creating a new series of works at Atelier Michael Woolworth in Paris, which will feature in this exhibition.

Gorman also partook in a group exhibition ‘A lonely impulse of delight’ held at SO Fine Art Editions and London Art Fair celebrating the work of W.B. Yeats about which Roy Foster wrote “Richard Gorman’s brilliant and ingenious propellor-image suggests not only the whirling of the plane as it falls, against the cerulean blue of the Italian sky, but also gestures towards the Futurist aesthetic of the era when the poem was written”.

The narrative in Gorman’s work comes from both the curvilinear and square shapes which he imbues with such power and movement, and the space between, seemingly empty yet wonderfully intensifying the work as a whole. His crisp colour palette of vibrant greens, brilliant blues and sharp yellows are perfectly pitched and upbeat, eliciting equal amounts of excitement and calm, making them collectively staggering and individually powerful.

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