About

Michael Gorman
In a career spanning five decades, Michael Gorman has work in several international collections (Prince Meurat Collection, Paris; Heineken Collection, Netherlands; Nuremburg Museum, Germany; Royal Albert Museum, Exeter; Leicester City Museum) and has exhibited widely (John Moores, Liverpool; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Grand Palais, Paris; Katzen Gallery, New York).

A key figure in the burgeoning Photorealist movement of the late 1960s, he continues to create arresting visual images which delight and provoke in equal measure. Working in a figurative, photorealist idiom, with an immediately identifiable style, his subject matter is both aesthetic and political.

His paintings deliver a sensual, joyous response to the stunning Mediterranean coast, the human form or to Classical architecture. But equally, Michael Gorman’s work explores a profound fascination with shifting cultural boundaries and the clash of old/new, ancient/modern, traditional/contemporary.

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Michael Gorman in his Cyprus studio, November 2015

Biography

Selected One Man Exhibitions

2006
Opus 39 Gallery, Nicosia                                                                                               

2000                      
Artifex Gallery, Birmingham

1997
The Bruton Street Gallery, London

1995                      
The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, London

1991                      
Marcus & Marcus Gallery, Amsterdam

1977                      
Basel Art Fair, Nicholas Treadwell Gallery

1972          
The Serpentine Gallery, London

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Selected Group Exhibitions

1999                      
W.H. Patterson, London                                                            

1998                      
Park View Fine Paintings, Bristol
Meridian Art, London                                                                               

1997                      
The Body Politic, Wolverhampton & Derby Art Galleries  

1994                      
The Bruton Street Gallery, London                                                                          

1991 – 1992            
Gallery Goetz, Basel                                                                  

1989                      
Marcus & Marcus Gallery, Amsterdam                                                                  

1982                      
Steltman Gallery, Amsterdam
Katzen Gallery, New York                                                                  

1981                      
Villa Bohm, Neustadt, Germany
Touring Exhibition of Scotland – Aberdeen Museum, Universities of Stirling, Strathclyde, St. Andrews                 

1980
Women 1980, Munich                                                              

1979                      
Grand Palais, Paris – Grandes et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui          

1977                      
Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris – Mythologies Quotidiennes
Gallery Naviglio, Milan – Italy and the Italians

1976                      
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Staat Museum, Vienna – British Realists
A two year touring show of Canada
Aspects of Reality, International Survey of Current Realism

1974                      
John Moores – Liverpool                              

1974                      
Gallery Moos, Toronto – Aspects of Reality    

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Bibliography

1999                        
Artists’ and Illustrators’ Newsletter
Article on the use of acrylic paint in the artist’s work  

1998                        
Artists’ and Illustrators’ Newsletter
Majesty or Travesty                                                                                    

1983                        
German National television film                                                       
Five Artists                                                                              

1980                        
Nicholas Treadwell publications
Superhumanism 1 & 2                                                                                  

1979                        
Super Realism – Edward Lucie-Smith

1976                      
Aspects of Reality – catalogue raisonné                 

1974                      
Art & Artists – From the Real World:  William Packer on Michael Gorman
Arts Review – Look and See: monograph by Eddie Wolfram

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Work in Collections

Prince Meurat Collection, Paris
Heineken Collection, Netherlands
Nuremburg Museum, Germany
Royal Albert Museum, Exeter
Leicester City Museum

Commissions include

Miss Pears 1977 for Pears soap
George Rowney: Cryla paint
Brights of Nettlebed
Erotic Verse: book cover for Picador Press
Swedish Chemical

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1938
Born Wolverhampton, England

1965 – 1969            
B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle-upon-Tyne University

1969 – 1988
Principal Lecturer in Fine Art, Exeter College of Art and Design

1988 – 1993
Moved to second studio and residence in Umbria, Italy

1993 – 2004
Moved to studio and residence on Dartmoor        

2004
Moved to studio and residence in Cyprus