Kristy Gorman


15th Nov –
2nd Dec 2017

OPENING EVENT: Tuesday 14 November, 5.30 - 7.30pm

Folding, shifting and overlapping- geometric inhabitants of indefinite scale drift and dwell in pale spaces. Expanding hexagons, tilting stripes, crystal-like structures and even harlequin patterns are carefully painted by this subtle yet accomplished painter and realised in her refined and precise style. Parallelograms permute, hexagons slowly solidify and bands of colour are repeated. Patterns and constructions are formed from small shapes, areas of colour, voids and traces. Like secret signals, shards march upright and flag-forms drop, creating a language of mathematical semaphores. Gently adding, sometimes subtracting colour, Gorman’s paintings are lightly layered and layered again.

Primed and prepared board is the product of a gradual building up of surface, a light ground. With her new body of work, Gorman adds veils of muslin, stretching, subtracting and distorting them across the surface – pushing and pulling them into submission to create new forms – a new drawing language.

Fractured glimpses of forms encourage one to linger, we are invited to look and look again. Testaments to complexity and restraint, Gorman’s paintings are contemplative and tremendously subtle. Teetering, they are ephemeral, yet evocative- they resist fixed meanings. They function as exquisite vestiges and we are beckoned to witness painstaking details, empty spaces, alluring colours and cunning configurations.


  1. Aug. 2017. Kristy Gorman | Parkin Drawing Prize