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Richard Gorman, b.1946

Hottyhammyum1989

Richard Gorman’s paintings tend to be large in scale and generally abstract. While the broad strokes of the brush and generous no-holds-barred attitude to the application of paint look deceptively frenzied in ‘Hottyhammyum’, in reality Gorman tends to work on paintings in rotation, leaving them aside for periods of reflection and then coming back to them. This painting is one of a number of Gorman’s works with a title taken from ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ by James Joyce. Gorman has stated that the titles have no meaning and chosen only because he liked them. Despite this the denseness of the novel is suitably evoked by the superficial randomness of the painting. More recent work by Gorman in the IMMA Collection eschews the gestural expressiveness of this painting in favour of quieter, more minimal strokes.

MediumOil on wood
Dimensions300 x 370 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 1993
Item NumberIMMA.442
Not on view
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Richard Gorman, Hottyhammyum, 1989, Oil on wood, 300 x 370 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 1993

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About the Artist

Richard Gorman b.1946

Irish painter Richard Gorman studied at Trinity College Dublin and Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. He has lived and worked in Milan since the 1980s. Gorman’s paintings tend to be large in scale and generally abstract. Frequent trips to Japan have also influenced his painting practice and choice of materials. Gorman has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, and is represented in many collections, both public and private in Europe, the UK, Ireland and Japan He is a member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy. — View Artist »