Gerard Byrne Studio, Art Gallery & Artist Studio
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Located in the heart of Ranelagh village, the Gerard Byrne Studio, Art Gallery & Artist Studio offers the visitor an opportunity to visit an artist's working studio in the setting of a fine art gallery and experience a window into the artist's studio space. See Gerard at work and gain a greater understanding of his practice.
Gerard Byrne has been a full time artist for over 30 years and without the benefit of formal art training, he has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists. Byrne’s unique perspective plunges the viewer into canvases awash with colour and movement. His oil painting style is distinctive for its vibrant palette, expressive brushwork and skilful contrasts of light and shade, all of which bring to mind the work of the Impressionist Masters. It is for this reason that Byrne may be referred to as a Contemporary Impressionist. His work can be seen in art collections across the globe, including the Irish Government’s art collection, the Irish Embassies in Singapore and Beijing, and the Citadelle Art Museum in Texas, USA. Byrne is inspired by his foreign travels and finds his subjects all over the world; Berlin, Paris, London, New York, and of course his hometown of Dublin.
For Byrne, painting is about revealing the beauty hidden in the everyday, like Monet, Caillebotte and Sorolla, his artwork elevates the ordinary to the extraordinary, finding harmony and elegance in simple street and landscape scenes. Using light and colour as his medium, Byrne presents the world through a new lens. His figurative work explores the interpersonal relations between individuals and the world around them, contrasting feelings of connection and disconnection in intriguing multi figure compositions. Individuals are simultaneously cast as solitary portraits and as characters belonging to a wider social fabric. Though different in execution, this psychological juxtaposition relates Byrne’s work with that of Edward Hopper. The sensitivity in his treatment of figures, along with his accomplished draughtsmanship, is also reminiscent of the Irish artist William Orpen.
A visit to Byrne's Ranelagh studio is a chance to catch a glimpse of the artist at work and view his latest artworks. Visit the four gallery rooms, where there is approximately 50 magnificent paintings on display.
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