Richard Gorman


10 January - 08 February 2003

Wils Oblique 2002
oil on linen
100 x 100 cm / 39.4 x 39.4 in   
Edge-in Line, Milan 2002
oil on linen
80 x 80 cm / 31.5 x 31.5 in   
Small Edge-in 2002
oil on linen
40 x 40 cm / 15.7 x 15.7 in   

Richard Gorman's highly considered and intelligent approach to some of the most enduring questions of form and composition in Western painting has resulted in a distinctly individual body of work. In recent years his naturally understated gifts as a colourist have became more and more evident with an exploration of the compositional tension between increasingly prominent and boldly simplified, irregular blocks of colour. 'Homerun' represents an exciting shift in both style and technique in Gormans practice. New motifs, vivid colour combinations and elegant yet complex compositions are employed to new and surprising effect.


Gorman was educated in Ireland but has lived and worked in Milan for the past decade. He has exhibited widely and regularly since the mid-1980s, in Dublin, London, Milan and Tokyo. Recent international exhibitions have included solo shows at Itami City Gallery of Art and Mitaka City Art Foundation in Japan in 1999 and group shows, 'A Measured Quietude', which toured the Berkeley Art Museum, California and The Drawing Center, New York and 'Sight Specific' at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2002 with Sean Scully, Brian Maguire, Felim Egan.


In March and April 2003 Richard Gorman will have three different solo shows in three prestigious Japanese venues. The nine, large scale paintings exhibited to much acclaim last year at the RHA in Dublin will form the basis of the first exhibition at The Koriyama Museum. At the same time Gorman will show new large scale works on paper (which was hand made by himself in Japan) at the Centre for Contemporary Graphic Art, Tokyo and in April will show new work at Yokohama Portside Gallery.