Brian Gormley was born in New York City, both his fathers parents and grandparents were both Irish and although he is technically an American citizen, he spends a lot of time living in Dublin and regards himself as a well-travelled citizen of the world. His paintings have featured in the past in Irish exhibitions at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham (1989), the Wyvern Gallery (1994) and Expo (1996) at the Royal Dublin Society (1996), via the Anya Van Gosselin Gallery. His show at Hillsboro Fine Art in Dublin 2012, is his first solo show here. He has also exhibited regularly in New York City and as far afield as Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Rome and Mexico City.

 

Critic Brian Fallon describes Gormley as an heir to abstract expressionism seeing an influence of Jackson Pollock in his more modestly scaled work. His exhibition at Hillsboro Fine Art was a striking collection of colourful large areas with black overpainting that were at once free and exuberant, and yet containing a felling of underlying bleakness communicated by the predominant black that may hint at the calamity that befell New York City on 11th September 2001. His favourite media are acrylic and silkscreen techniques on linen or canvas and he admits to an admiration for the paintings of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom he knew personally and who also made use of street graffiti signs in his compositions.

 

Brian Gormley is one of the most interesting abstract artists on the planet today. His method of marking the canvas deserves an entire essay. For the moment, I'll say that he does automatic-style doodling, then blows these drawings up, works on them some, then has them transformed into silkscreens. He places the screens on the prepared canvas and then uses a "splatter" technique to imbue the composition with colors. The results are striking and quite beautiful.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2012

National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Cross Gallery at VUE National Contemporary Art Fair

Scope Miami, Miami, Florida

 

2011

Graphic Studio Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Jules Goldman Books and Antiques, Philadelphia, PA

 

2010

Mindy Wyatt Gallery, New York

“Small Works” Panuply, Lambertville, NJ

“Changing Face of Abstraction” Rat Gallery, Gardenville, PA

 

2009

“Ev/Les a retrospective” Varga Gallery, Woodstock, NY

Pop Montreal Symposium, Montreal

 

2008

“Genova Inconra Easton” Genova, Italy

RDS, Dublin

 

2007

“The Painted Path” Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin

 

2006

“International Artists” Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin

 

2005

Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin (catalogue)

“New Work by Visiting Artists”Graphic Studio, Dublin

 

2003

Stover Mill Gallery, Bucks County PA

 

2000

Taller Gallery, Madrid (catalogue)

Carleton Hotel, Madrid 

 

1998

De Arte Magic, Easton PA(catalogue) 

 

1997

Theo Von Oppersdorff, Zurich 

Divano Gallery, East Hampton,NY

Samson Fine Arts, New York City

 

1996

Steamroller Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ 

 

1994

Wyvern Gallery, Dublin(catalogue)

Galeria Vysehrad, Prague(catalogue)

 

1991

Galerie Ariadane, Vienna

 

1987

Mokotoff Gallery, New York City

 

1986

Washington Square Gallery, New York City

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2005

Binney and Smith Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

 

2004

Hillsboro Fine Arts, Dublin

"Visiting Artists & Faculty",Germantown Academy, PA

"Art Star" Debs. & Co., NYC

"Made Here", Grossman Gallery, Easton, PA

 

2003

"SOHO Trends", The New York Public Library, NYC 

"Digital Bridges", Westbeth Gallery, NYC

 

2002 

Spike Gallery, NYC

"Life of the City", MOMA, NYC

"Reactions" Exit Art, NYC

"Cubarism" Gallery X ,NYC

Harlem Biannual, Gallery X,NYC

 

2001

"The Reimaging of America", Tribes Gallery, NYC

"For Love or Money", Dien Donne, NYC(catalogue)

Artists Space, NYC

Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

The Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA.(catalogue)

"Chromatic Cryptology", Tribes Gallery, NYC

 

2000

"Realist Abstraction" MCS Gallery, Easton, PA

"Multiculture View of Manhood", Lafayette College, Easton,PA.

 

1999

Works on Paper, Samson Fine Arts, NYC

Roxis Art Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

 

1998

"New Works", De Arte Magic, Easton, PA

"Broken noses & Metempsychoses", Tribes Gallery, NYC

 

1997

"Works on Paper",7th Regiment Armory, NYC

"Americans in Italy, Italians in America, Teatro degli Artisti, Rome 

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

 

1996

Samson Fine Arts, NYC

Expo 96 RDS Anya Von Gossein Gallery, Dublin

 

1995

"Art on Paper" Metropolitan Art fair, NYC

Artists Space, NYC

 

1994

The Roger Smith Gallery, NYC

 

1993

"New Techniques-Technologies",148 Gallery, NYC

"White Male Rage", PDG Gallery, NYC

"Art Frankfurt 93, Galerie Ariadne, Vienna

"Art Chicago 93, Galerie Ariadne, Vienna

 

1992

"Decouvertes 92",International Kunstmesse, Paris

"Arco 92 Madrid," Galerie Ariadne, Vienna 

"Art 23 Basel International Art Fair", Basel

 

1991

Visionary Gallery, Woodstock, New York

"Wir Stellen Vor", Galerie Ariadne, Vienna

 

1990

"Accrochange", Galerie Ariadne, Vienna

 

1989

"Trees", Royal Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin

"Tenochtitlan-Manhattan", Mexico City

 

1987

"Symbols",B.A.D. Museum, NYC

"Eclectic Circuits",270 Lafayette St., NYC

"Art Break Hotel", ABC NO RIO, NYC

 

1986

"Heads", Mokotoff Gallery, NYC

"Crack The Whore Of Babylon", NADA Gallery, NYC

 

1985

"Contemporary Primitive", ABC NO RIO, NYC

 

1984

"Micro Now”, Now Gallery, NYC