London Irish artist Kevin Gavaghan is originally from North London and now works from his studio in Hertford. Recognised for his colourful, brooding and evocative surreal figurative paintings.
Kevin's 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 transcends his own life to cross over and connect with the viewer, allowing them to reflect on their own lives, past and present, realising the similarities within themselves and that behind the facade we are not so different from each other underneath. A powerful and multi-layered reflection of life.
Kevin touches on some challenging subjects, such as mental health, religion, 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.
Kevin collects photographic images of the world. He then uses these images to paint the world as he sees it, 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 abstract surrealism 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.