INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED ARTIST
OPENS EXHIBITION IN OLD CITY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 The long-overdue first Philadelphia exhibition of painter and printmaker Brian Gormley is finally at hand. Jules Goldman Books and Antiques will exhibit 100 of Gormley’s works beginning First Friday, October 7. The artist, who was born in Manhattan and raised in Bucks County, PA, is often linked with the late Jean-Michel Basquiat for the energy and hyper-retinal styles of both painters, as well as the fact that the two were close friends.
Gormley regularly exhibits outside the United States, with prior shows at the prestigious Hillsboro Gallery in Dublin as well as in Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Rome and Mexico City. After the opening of a recent exhibition of printmaking at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, director Enrique Juncosa celebrated Gormley’s contribution to the show with a sit-down dinner for the artist and 200 of the museum’s top patrons at the Clarence Hotel, owned by Bono and The Edge.
The First Friday reception will include musical entertainment by the Delaware River Valley’s own Working Class Bohemians, a bass saxophone and resonator-ukulele duo playing New Orleans jazz and bawdy blues, as well as a poetry reading by friends of the artist.
As the distinguished Irish critic Brian Fallon has noted, “Gormley continues to expand upon a style which is Sui Generis.” Gormley’s paintings combine an intense intellectual abstraction with sublime beauty. His powerful printmaking leaves no doubt that the work is created by a master of the mark.
Both paintings and prints will be on display in the Old City location at 29 North 2nd Street, right across the street from Christ Church. Jules Goldman Books and Antiques is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 7 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibition runs October 7 through November 10, 2011.
For further information, please contact Jules Goldman 215-920-3920.
For list of previous exhibits and press clips, please visit http://www.briangormley.com/Brian_Gormley/Bio_%26_Press.html.
For jpegs of images, please visit http://www.briangormley.com/Brian_Gormley/Paintings/Paintings.html.
For a music sample, please visit http://www.ukejackson.com/Assets/Snippets_1-2.mp3.