London Irish artist Kevin Gavaghan is originally from North London and now works from his studio in Hertford. He is renowned for his brooding and evocative surreal figurative paintings.
Kevins paintings are an inner journey of self exploration into his life growing up from the 1970s in a large Irish family whilst coping with the complexity of life with Tourette’s and anxiety related illnesses.
His work largely reflects his thoughts, dreams and emotions that he has felt about his life and his position within the world as the son of Irish migrants. Kevin touches on some challenging subjects, such as growing up with Tourette’s and anxiety, religion and politics within the Irish community, relationships and the loss of loved ones as well the challenges we all face but hide from our public persona.
He paints emotionally and his images continue to develop throughout the process often changing their personality many times before settling on what he believes reflects a truth within his thoughts.
Kevin’s palette and application of bold vibrant colours dissect and bend his figures and portraits to the point of abstraction which, for Kevin, highlight inner emotions rather than the external likeness of his subject. His paintings directly confront the viewer with haunting sharpness and striking energy.
“I paint emotionally, a manifestation of the subconscious resulting in psychological feelings that are the residue left behind from the impact of life. I do not literally paint a human form, but the emotion it produces upon me. My paintings are my voice without words and a lateral communication of images. They reflect our complex , inner beauty and challenges the status quo"
''I sincerely hope you enjoy my art and, if you would like to discuss my work further please drop me an email or give me a call''