Michael Gurhy’s work “is small-scale work but potent in terms of emotion. His work addresses youth culture but evokes a knowledge of the unforeseen, of premonition” - Francis Morris (Head of Collections International Art, Tate Modern) & Enrique Juncosa (Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art)
With an early interest in world cinema and directors including Luca Guadagino, Lars Von trier and David Lynch, as well as the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego, it is the human condition in it’s varied states of consciousness and connection that drives my practice. Triggered by objects and memory, his work examines ideas around gender, role playing, fantasy, isolation, trauma, vulnerability, loss of innocence, sexual awakening, rites of passage and ritual that is both sacred and transgressive. He sometimes examines subcultures of society or scenes such as the gay scene which openly explores the boundaries of human living and sexuality that a consensual community may shy away from.