Guggi exhibits at John Rocha store on Dover Street
To coincide with the upcoming Frieze Art Fair being held from 14th-17th October, the renowned Irish artist Guggi has taken over the John Rocha flagship store on Dover Street to showcase his 15 new works.
The combination of Guggi’s muted work, which is displayed over 3 floors, contrasted amongst the divergent intricate John Rocha designs, provides a fresh take on the traditional Frieze showcase.
Guggi began his career as a musician with the cult band Virgin Prunes, notorious for their performative spectaculars on the European underground, before concentrating full time on painting. He has exhibited at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York, the Osborne Samuel Gallery in London and the Solomon Gallery in Dublin.
b. 1959, Dublin
Guggi began his career as a musician with the cult band Virgin Prunes, notorious for their performative spectaculars on the European underground, before concentrating full time on painting. From the early tentative explorations in the mid 1980’s Guggi, primarily self-taught has evolved into one of the most accomplished and recognised painters of his generation. Guggi’s most recent paintings mark a notable departure from the steady evolution of his work since he first exhibited his depictions of the common everyday objects in Kerlin Gallery in 1993. His distinctive motifs of bowls and other vessels portrayed with clean, neat lines have transformed through freer outlines giving his paintings the more spontaneous, instinctive energy of a painter truly confident within his practice. The structure of these paintings has become more informal and abstract creating a deceptive simplicity that heightens their stillness and meditative presence. Guggi has exhibited widely since the 1990’s. Most notably he has had solo shows in Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (1990, 1993); Osborne Samuel Gallery, London (2004); Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (2001); Solomon Gallery, Dublin (2000, 2002, 2005). Guggi has participated in a number of two person shows with Sybille Ungers including Ric Urmel Gallery, Gent, (1991) and Gallerie Schurr, Stuttgart (1990). Select group shows are National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004); Cape Town, South Africa, (2004); Guggi’s work is collected by both private and corporate collections in Ireland and abroad.
Guggi lives in Dublin with his wife, artist Sybille Ungers, and their five sons.
An exhibition of his work will begin with a private view on September 19th at the John Rocha store, 15a Dover Street, London W1B 4JD – the exhibition will continue until November.
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