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BRITISH CONTEMPORARY
Gormleys Fine Art are pleased to announce the return of their annual Contemporary show which will run in their Dublin gallery from the 7th May to the 30th May 2020.

This year’s show, entitled “British Contemporary”, centres around graphic works and street art by British artists in the “Brit Art” tradition. The show will feature several of Julian Opie’s works, accompanied works by his contemporaries such as Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Harland Miller and Banksy, exploring the strong and vibrant graphic aesthetics of the movement.

The Brit Art movement arose in the late 1980’s as a collective term given by the media to a group of artists who exhibited together in London from 1988, and their contemporaries. They are known for “shock tactics”, messages of political commentary and often the use of throwaway materials, and an attitude which has been described as “both oppositional and entrepreneurial”. Since then, the term Brit Art has become not only synonymous with the initial group of artists that included Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, but also the following generation of young British artists such as Julian Opie.

Julian Opie, born 1958, is a British artist who studied under Michael Craig-Martin. He emerged as an influential figure in the British art scene of the 1980s after producing a series of painted metal sculptures that humorously combined loosely painted imagery with steel shapes. Portraits and animated walking figures, rendered with minimal detail in black line drawing, are hallmarks of the artist’s style.

The show in Gormleys will feature several of Opie’s own works, accompanied works by his contemporaries such as Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Harland Miller and Banksy, exploring the strong and vibrant graphic aesthetics of the Brit Art movement.

The show will run at Gormleys Fine Art, 27 South Frederick Street South, from the 7th to the 30th May 2020.