At first glance Michael Gorman’s work celebrates the unadulterated sensual pleasure of light, the human form and landscape. This is certainly a defining strand woven through the imagery over the years.
Delve a little deeper, however, and disquieting themes and challenging subjects emerge. From the ‘Notes from a Multi-racial Society‘ series of the early 1980s – where the painter depicts himself as a clown – to the theatrical flourish of ‘In Memoriam‘, painted in 1995 ,where a figure bows to the viewer whilst a ruined building burns in the background. Even the seemingly innocuous subject matter of the most recent paintings of coastline or boats on a shore (2000-2015) have a composition so deliberate as to have depth beyond the surface.
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