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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 this year 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.
Exhibitions

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

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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

Press
Though Brian Gormley made few forays into street art per se, his paintings nonetheless reflect its energy and influence. In the mid-1980s, Gormley began showing expressionistic oils with figural motifs, distinguished by wild color and bravura brushwork. An accomplished printmaker, in the early '90s he used acrylic paint to carefully prepare a ground upon which he layered silkscreened imagery derived from his doodles. The frenzied abstractions he produced, rich and dense with both pattern and color, mimicked the energy of a brashly graffitied wall. Later, he employed thick black strokes to frame the dense underpainting, and recently has used a similar "paint-around" technique to unify compositions of small works, resulting in a crazy quilt of abstract pieces characterized by jazz-like lyricism. (Read More)
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