Brendan McGorry’s practice stands firmly on a history of art cited and referenced in each of his intricately conceived paintings. In this new body of workNoir, McGorry offers the viewer an almost cinematic experience. Each of the works have interwoven elements, connected subject matter and a strongly defined palette. The viewer is immersed in this stylistic approach which acts as a reel of celluloid film flicking a repeated protagonist and fragments of a narrative.
The four smaller works show the cast – figures featured in the surrounding narratives, three large canvases draw on significant works throughout art history where the created scene and potential narrative form the core of the work
Noir poses a chapel-like installation of paintings influenced by McGorry’s time spent in a New York Studio School in Italy studying the renaissance frescos, particularly works like Mantegna’s Bridal Chamber where the story completely wraps around the viewer.
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