Kerlin Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new work by Dublin based artist Guggi. This will be Guggi’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Guggi began his career as a musician with the cult band Virgin Prunes, notorious for their performative spectaculars on the European underground, before concentrating full time on painting. From the early tentative explorations in the mid 1980’s Guggi, primarily self-taught has evolved into one of the most accomplished and recognized painters of his generation.
For this show Guggi will present new paintings that mark a notable departure from the steady evolution of his work since he first exhibited his depictions of the common everyday objects in Kerlin Gallery in 1993. His distinctive motifs of bowls and other vessels portrayed with clean, neat lines have transformed through freer outlines giving his paintings the more spontaneous, instinctive energy of a painter truly confident within his practice. The structure of these paintings have become more informal and abstract creating a deceptive simplicity that heightens their stillness and meditative presence.
Guggi has exhibited widely since the 1990’s. Most notably he has had solo shows in Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (1990, 1993); Osborne Samuel Gallery, London (2004); Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (2001); Solomon Gallery, Dublin (2000, 2002, 2005). Guggi has participated in a number of two person shows with Sybille Ungers including Ric Urmel Gallery, Gent, (1991) and Gallerie Schurr, Stuttgart (1990). Select group shows are National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004); Cape Town, South Africa, (2004); Guggi’s work is collected by both private and corporate collections in Ireland and abroad.
A fully illustrated catalogue featuring text by Sean Scully will accompany the exhibition.