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. He is an artist-in-residency in Millrace Gallery, Blackrock, co Dublin and a member of a various galleries across Ireland.
“A bog, a blackbird and a bicycle – an imagery of Fermanagh and early life of the self taught artist… It was a time later overshadowed by the “troubles” of Northern Ireland, but the woodland and fields provided a natural heaven, a place where simple ideas could germinate and later become the canvas. Even after much travels or periods abroad there isn’t a conscious attempt to be “intellectual” or aloof. Like the poet Patrick Kavanagh or Keats, the fullness of nature and the human place in it provides more inspiration than academic theory. This for me doesn’t mean trying to copy the landscape, or the flowers in a vase, but to paint almost to discover what is so freely available in nature, as if one was seeking an answer to unlock the prisoner. I have made my canvas a wonderful exploratory machine, where I investigate different phenomena, through the prism of history, childhood experience, the effects in society of current economics and managements, romance, travel, in fact the gamut of human experience, and the constant search”.
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