Gormleys Fine Art will once again be hosting an exhibition of international Contemporary and Modern masters in our Dublin gallery. The exhibition will feature important original works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, KAWS, Damien Hirst and Roy Lichtenstein and will also feature original works on paper by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Contemporary and Modern Masters explores a range movements such as Pop Art, Street Art, Urban Art and Modern Art from the 1950’s to the present day. An exciting variety of works by these artists will be on display in our Dublin gallery from 12th April until the 8th May.
Andy Warhol was a leading figure in the 1960s Pop Art movement. His silkscreen-printed images of cultural and consumer icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor or Campbell’s soup cans, made him one of the most famous artists of his generation. Nearly 30 years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.
Banksy’s work is a visual cultural criticism and commentary, with established social and political agendas serving as targets for a unique style of illustration, made using stencils and spray paint. He was the first UK graffiti artist to successfully bridge the gap between street and fine art.
He started making edition prints in 2002 and created over 50 in an 8 year period. A selection of these works will be featured in ‘Contemporary and Modern Masters’.
Damien Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings are universally recognized and a selection of original screenprints based on these works will be featured with Gormleys Fine Art this April.
New York-based artist KAWS has made a name out of designing limited edition toys and clothing. He is also a world-renowned artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS has successfully blurred the line between fine art and mass-produced merchandise.
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) was a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the co-creator of Cubism. Considered radical in his work, Picasso continues to garner reverence for his technical mastery, visionary creativity and profound empathy. Together, these qualities have distinguished the Spaniard as a revolutionary artist.
For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that he superstitiously believed would keep him alive, contributing significantly to — and paralleling the entire development of — modern art in the 20th century.
Francis Bacon began oil painting in 1929. The few early paintings that survive (he destroyed most of them) show that he began as a late cubist. By 1932 he turned to a form of surrealism based partly on Pablo Picasso's works from about 1925 to 1928. By the early 1950s, Bacon had developed a more direct treatment of the human figure, working almost always from photographs rather than from real life. Images taken from newspaper clippings or from the photographs of humans and animals were sometimes combined with images from the well-recognized paintings of the old masters. Such a combination of images drawn from completely unrelated sources is characteristic of Bacon's work.
Finally, Joan Miró was born April 20, 1893, in Barcelona, Spain. He combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy. His mature style evolved from the tension between his fanciful, poetic impulse and his vision of the harshness of modern life. He worked extensively in lithography and produced many murals, tapestries, and sculptures for public spaces. In spite of his fame, Miró, an introvert, continued to devote himself exclusively to looking and creating.