Homecoming carved in stone for sculptor Kevin
Thursday, 16 March 2017
INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed sculptor and Markethill man Kevin Francis Gray is returning home to stage his first solo exhibition in Armagh at the Market Place Gallery this week.
Organised as part of the two-week St Patrick's Day Festival celebrations, the exhibition is Kevin's mid-career retrospective, comprising pieces from the past decade in materials as diverse as resin, plaster to porcelain, bronze and marble.
His works, which have been exhibited in some of the world's most prestigious galleries in New York, London, Sao Paulo and Berlin, to name but a few. The prospect, however, of staging his first exhibition in Armagh is one that Kevin is very much looking forward to.
"It's all very, very exciting," he told the Ulster Gazette as he was due to board a plane in Italy, where he divides his time between working in northern Tuscany and in his studio in London.
"To have a show at home is just tremendous. It's wonderful."
For those unfamiliar with Kevin's work, the exhibition offers a carefully curated selection of his career standout works right up until 2015. The subjects and influences of his sculptures are varied; with the Troubles to the fascinating characters of all backgrounds, even those suffering from addiction problems, shaping his works.
One of his most known works, Twelve Chambers, comprises a dozen life-size sculptures in marble and bronze, each of which have been painstakingly carved by hand - like all of Kevin's pieces.
The former St Patrick's Grammar student, who went on to graduate from the School of Art Institute, Chicago, said the opportunity to stage a mid-career retrospective had enabled him to rediscover his work. "I've really reconnected with the old works," he told RTE's Radio 1 arts programme, Arena. "[The exhibition] is a broad selection of work, and I've really seen a consistent thread in my work."
The exhibition opens this Thursday (March 16) and continues until April 13. Admission is free.
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