Liam Roberts

4 - 25 Jun 2008

Antoinette and Bryan Murphy are very pleased to be hosting the first solo exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery by Irish painter Liam Roberts. The artist was born in Bunclody, Co. Wexford in 1941, and studied at the National College of Art in Dublin, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, before spending some considerable time in Rome.

He now lives and works in New York where he has exhibited extensively. He revisits Ireland from time to time and has shown his paintings in Dublin and Kilkenny, though he better known abroad, having had periodic exhibitions in London, Palm Springs, Florida, Geneva, Paris and Nicosia. His exceptional contemporary paintings will be new to most Irish viewers, although some small recent works have been previously exhibited in Peppercanister mixed exhibitions.

Liam Roberts is an exceptional modern colourist who can paint most skillfully on both a small and a large scale. For the small works on paper, his favourite medium is gouache. He is inspired by people and things about him, and his fertile imagination translates these images into abstract compositions of amazing energy and brushwork. The ideas morph into vivid colourful paintings of subtlety and beauty. His touch is unerring. For some of the larger works on paper he employs acrylic and alkyd media. He can even take a detail from a Velazquez masterpiece and conjure up a series of exciting, imaginative compositions in his own style. The passionate, sophisticated, modern paintings of Liam Roberts have a kinship with the art of American masters Jasper Johns and Brice Marden and would not look out of place beside the paintings of his Irish friend Ciarán Lennon.

This exhibition will also feature three large acrylic paintings on canvas by Roberts. Trajectory I, 2007, Armature, 2006 and Dance of the Fragments of 2007 reveal the artist’s ability to achieve equal power and beauty on a large scale. These compelling, passionate, all-over paintings have a beauty and intensity that is of international significance.

The Private View will take place on Wednesday 4th June 2008 and the exhibition will continue until Wednesday 25th June 2008.