Artists

Brendan McGorry

When The Storm Ends

When The Storm Ends

13/10/2020 to 8/11/2020

When The Storm Ends is Brendan McGorry’s artistic and productive response to New Zealand’s COVID-afflicted lockdown. The suite of works draw on both renowned art historical work as well as Brendan’s own personal history and journey through the pandemic.

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The Barnes Project

The Barnes Project

12/03/2019 to 31/03/2019

Following a recent visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia McGorry again looks to art history and a lineage of painting to inform his very contemporary style of painting. Recreating the feel of the Barnes Foundation through charcoal rendering directly on the wall surrounding the repositioned historical compositions. With swirling mixes of translucent and opaque layers, dappled light and bold patterns the artist merges a multitude of techniques into his own unique style of painting.

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Noir

Noir

20/03/2018 to 8/04/2018

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.

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The Death of Painting

The Death of Painting

16/08/2016 to 4/09/2016

For this new series of works McGorry cites the pre- Raphaelite period. Taking prime examples of paintings in the era that are etched into our visual memory, McGorry re-works their composition to create contemporary works. This meshing of art historical references and contemporary imagery is a consistent theme in his practice that speaks to a continuity of painting practice.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

29/09/2015 to 11/10/2015

As a thoughtful observer of the world around him, Brendan McGorry is fascinated by human-made systems, and he scrutinises these structures through his multifaceted art practice incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation.

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The Belle Époque Project

The Belle Époque Project

24/09/2014 to 18/10/2014

Primarily self-taught, Brendan McGorry engages with references and allegories drawn from historical European paintings, which he intertwines with his own personal genealogy to reflect upon biological and social evolution.

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This is the New sound just like the Old sound

This is the New sound just like the Old sound

4/08/2009 to 29/08/2009

City Art Rooms is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by painter Brendan McGorry. Primarily self-taught, McGorry engages with references and allegories drawn from historical European paintings. Especially inspired by Italian masters of the Renaissance period, the narrative in McGorry's work is also concerned with his personal family biography. Generational stories are explored through fathers and sons where time becomes a cyclical event; the loss of a parent is balanced by the arrival of a new child. Recent paintings in oil and charcoal show stages of growth and maturity from boyhood to manhood, and this idea of development runs parallel to McGorry's lineage of artistic influences.

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