In pictures: Two new exhibitions unveiled at The Mac

An exhibition of new paintings by one of Ireland’s leading abstract painters, Richard Gorman, has opened at the MAC, alongside new works by Kildare-based artist Susan Connolly.

Richard Gorman’s work - ‘Kin’ - was produced in his Milan studio and is now on display to the public in the MAC’s Tall and Upper Galleries.

Pictured at the MAC Belfast.

Pictured at the MAC Belfast.

Recent international exhibitions have included solo shows at Mitaka City Gallery of Art in Japan, while he has also participated in group

shows at Der Spiegel Galerie in Cologne and at the Berkeley Art Museum in California.

Born in Dublin, painter Gorman has spent the past 20 years refining his vision and fluency in paint. He insists that

his paintings mean no more or no less than what they are. He asks viewers to simply stand before his work and

experience the pleasure of shape, line, colour, texture and scale.

For his new exhibition at the MAC he has created a series of 10 new paintings as well as new works on paper which

have been made in Japan and have been created specifically for the MAC gallery spaces.

Speaking ahead of his exhibition at the MAC, Richard Gorman said: “I paint alone in my studio where I solve

problems that did not exist until I began painting.

“A painting is not a message to anyone – it may not tell a story, it may not even represent an idea. It means only that it signifies what I spend my time doing, it is the outcome of that process of making and remaking on the flat surface in search of a precarious balance.”

Also launching on the same night in the MAC’s sunken gallery, is a series of new works by artist Susan Connolly

which explore the physical quality of paint and our understanding of contemporary painting.

Susan said: “Most of my studio work comes from time spent looking; considering and questioning much of what I see, read or experience in relation to making objects. I think it is a very exciting time to be thinking about painting, with all the rhetoric of ‘death’ within the medium.”

Curating both exhibitions at the MAC, Hugh Mullholland, said: ”Following on from our highly successful Kara Walker exhibition, the MAC’s artistic programme is changing once again this time to focus on the practice of painting by two of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary painters.

“Richard’s large-scale canvases and works on paper, will draw the viewer in with his bold use of colour, geometry and fluency in his art that has earned him international acclaim. While Susan’s series of paintings quite literally come off the wall with their scuffed, scratched and beaten surfaces telling stories from within the process of May.”

Also taking place at the MAC to coincide with the exhibition is a special painting symposium for paint practicitioners and students on June 21 that will address the diversity of approaches within contemporary painting practice today.

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