Richard Gorman grew up in Ireland and has lived and worked in Milan since the 1980s.
At that time, having abandoned the figurative residues of his first paintings, Gorman’s work became animated by the dynamic rhythm of a surface marked by lines slipping and sliding frantically across the canvass.
In the 1990s the role of lines retracted, leaving space to colour: ever since then his work draws its strength from the compositional tension created between irregular blocks of colour that become increasingly prominent and simplified and, over time, turn into his principal form of creative research. His extended and frequent travels to Japan have significantly influenced his working method and choice of materials. A clear example of this are his large scale paintings on hand made washi paper, undertaken in the far east of Japan in 1999, 2003, 2008, 2015 and 2017.
Gorman has shown his work regularly worldwide since the mid 1980s at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin, as well as in London, Milan and Tokyo.
23/23, two person exhibition with Johannes Eidt, Yanagisawa Gallery, Saitama, Japan Buzz and Hum, two-person exhibition with Samuel Walsh, Limerick City Gallery, Limerick (2017), Casa, Castletown house, Co Kildare Iwano, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Han.so fine Art (2016), KAN, Assab One Milan (2015), MAC, Belfast (2014); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2012); Mitaka City Gallery of Art and Ashikaga City Museum of Art, Japan (2010); CCGA Koriyama Museum, Japan (2003); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2001); Itami City Gallery of Art and Mitaka City Art Foundation, Japan (1999). Gorman has also taken part in numerous group shows including exhibitions at Der Spiegel Galerie, Cologne; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and ‘A Measured Quietude’, an itinerant exhibition of Irish drawings that was held at the Berkeley Art Museum, California and The Drawing Center, New York. His work is present in a number of public and private collections in Europe, USA and Japan, including Trinity College, Dublin; The Arts Council of Ireland, Ulster Museum, Belfast; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Allied Irish Banks; Deutsche Bank; Nissan; University College, Dublin; Dublin City Council; New York Public Library; Limerick City Museum of Art; Koriyama City Museum of Art, Japan; Centre of Contemporary Graphic Art CCGA Fukushima, Japan.
Richard Gorman is an Elected Member Royal at the Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Elected Member of Aosdána, Ireland; he was awarded the Ballinglen Fellowship in Ballycastle, Mayo, Ireland and has received prizes from the Pollock-Krasner Award, New York (U.S.A.), the Palette d’Or Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes-Sur-Mer (France) and the Savile Award.
In 2014, Gorman became the first Irish artist to design a carré scarf for Maison Hermès. His drawings were used for the men’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection and are displayed in the iconic Japanese Hermès department store in Isetan, Shinjuku, Tokyo.