Born in Enniskillen, Gerard McGourty is a self-taught artist who, since 1989, has had numerous solo exhibitions and is represented in major private collections in Ireland and the USA.
* 'Framing pictures for Christies in London in 1983 awakened Gerard McGourty's interest in Art. While exposure to artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Munch introduced him to Modernism and Expressionism, McGourty’s work can best be described as a love affair with paint. The work exists without the structures or characteristics of draftsmanship, yet the paintings are rooted in an instinctive and natural grasp of composition, harmony and balance.
Images emerge almost despite his method of applying paint, usually working on the canvas without a plan. Accidental effects are embraced allowing a freshness and renewal of expression. It’s a fearless even reckless approach to painting. The works take on a life of their own allowing freedom of interpretation and interaction between viewer and painting' - Blue Leaf Gallery
* 'Expressionist? Modernist? Contemporary Art? Perhaps, New Celtic Expressionism? None of the experts are really sure of how to categorise Gerard’s work but they are unanimous in recognising its strength' - Sol Art Gallery
* 'Gerard was born in County Fermanagh and is one of the most interesting painters in Ireland today, broadly described as an expressionist or modernist painter. Gerard represented Ireland in the international biennial of contemporary art Florence in 2005. His international standing is acknowledged by a personal invitation from the French Painter Claude Pissarro, grandson of French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, to participate in the Salon d'Arts de La Rochelle' - McKenna Gallery (NI)
- * Millrace Gallery, Blackrock: Soiree: Celebrating 10 years in Blackrock, (October-November 2010), solo & group shows (1999-2009)
- * RDS Antiques & Fine Art Fair (26-28th November 2010)
- * London ART Fair (2007, 2009)
- * Paris ART Fair (2008)
- * Festival of the Masters Florida, US (2008)
- * RHA Annual Show (1993)
- * representing Ireland in the International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence, IT (2005)
- * Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin: solo & group shows (2002-2010)
- * Sol Art Gallery, Dublin: solo & group shows (2007-2009)
- * Armagh Arts centre, NI: solo show (2006)
- * RDS ART Fair (with Bad Art Gallery): 5-7th November 2010
- * McKenna Gallery, Armagh, NI: group shows (2009-2010)
- * Cherrylane Gallery: group shows (2006-2010)
- * New Paintings 2010-2011:
- 'A Room of His Own' - essay by Charlotte De Brabander:
- Experiencing Gerard Mc Gourty’s studio and home is like entering a world within the world, that of a human beings mind. Huge ceilings, stained glass, hardly any furniture except baroque-style pieces created by the artist, splashes of colour on the walls, gold powder sprinkled on the floor, a woman sculpted in bronze hiding in the place and then, everywhere, paintings.
- First, I’m struck by a dancing cruelty of red -”Le Moulin Rouge”, I exclaim! “Do you think so" ? says Gerard. Well, for sure I think so! For me as a French lady, there is absolutely no doubt, it is the Moulin Rouge!
- For Gerard it’s different, it’s not a place, it's a story originating in red. A troubled red becoming figures, like Riverdance dancers and then, the theatre appears. Outside, Paris and finally the mill, over there, Le Moulin Rouge. I ask, ”How did the Riverdance dancers become French ?” “I don’t know”, says Gerard “the painting did!”
- Gerard never plans, he has a fascination for colours and through them come memories; notably childhood memories, light and sounds of West Fermanagh and of the surrounding counties of Leitrim and Donegal - Gerard fell in love with this particular blue on a trip to Italy, so he painted a sky enhancing the beloved colour. But underneath, in the field, appeared dark characters of his past, Diggers!
Museum and Public Collections
- Royal Hibernian Academy - Annual Show (1993)
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