Artist with a startling talent for photorealism takes his paintings to Gormley’s in Dublin

Gordon Harris is exhibiting a set of his oil paintings, Metallic Skulls, painstakingly detailed images of human skulls wrapped in precious metals

If the last recession had not happened, chances are that figurative artist Gordon Harris would still be in the rag trade selling high-end fashion in Galway.

Despite never having formal training, the Cork native, who has been sketching since he was old enough to hold a pencil, has been shortlisted twice for the Hennessy Prize/Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery. He was also shortlisted for one of Ireland’s most prestigious prizes in contemporary art, the Savills Prize at Vue Contemporary Art Fair in 2018 at the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Living in Oughterard, Co Galway, with his Cornamona-born wife Niamh, the pair ran a clothing business until “we had no other options” during the recession. Until then, aged 30, he had only worked with pencil, producing mostly caricature sketches, but the closure of the business forced his hand to oil painting, which he did in conjunction with opening the High Street Gallery in Galway…

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