Richard Kirwan’s studio practice incorporates painting, digital and analogue printmaking, coupled with architectural intervention and installation. His paintings are characterised by an acknowledgement and critical engagement with Modernism, particularly the art historically positioned periods of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Conceptualism and Pop Art.
Kirwan’s paintings explore boundaries between restricted palettes of colour, applied to hard-edged geometric systems and structures, recalling the disciplines of Modernist architecture and design. His work seeks to question assumptions of theoretical and formal hierarchy, displacing notions of ‘purity’ with real world ‘contamination’.
A solo exhibition, The Post-Critical Unknown at Galerie Hollenbach, Stuttgart, Germany, demonstrated Kirwan’s ongoing investigation between painting practice and shifts in comprehension and interpretation brought about by particular or given contexts.
Kirwan’s work has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally, with presentations throughout Europe, as well as Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Japan and the USA.
2009 – 2012 External Assessor, 2D Pathway, Central St Martins, UAL
2002 Abbey Fellowship in Painting, British School at Rome, Italy
1992 – 1994 MA, Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
1989 – 1992 BA, Fine Art, University of Brighton
1999 – present Lecturer in Studio Practice, BA Fine Art & History of Art, Goldsmiths College
1999 – 2002 Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art, University of West of England UWE, Bristol
1996 - 1998 Visiting Lecturer, Extension Degree, Goldsmiths College, University of London
2015 Richard Kirwan: Gravity Lecture Series Discovery & The Pleasure of Form Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
2014 Richard Kirwan: Painting In Particular Chelsea School of Art UAL, London
2010 Richard Kirwan: René Daniëls Public Gallery Talk, Camden Art Centre, London
2009 La Peinture est Presque Abstrait Public Panel Discussion, Institute Français, London
La Salle de Bains – Anthologie d’expositions Depuis 1999-2013 Authors: Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, Jill Gasparina, Bob Nickas, Eric Troncy. Published by Les Presses du Reel et Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication ISBN 978 2 918288 02 9
The Indiscipline of Painting Authors: Terry R Myers, Daniel Sturgis, Alison Greene, Stephen Moonie, Bob Nickas Published by Tate Publishing ISBN 978 1 84976 000 3
Plastic Culture - Legacies of Pop 1986 - 2009 Authors: Dr Roger Cook, Richard Kirwan Published by Harris Museum & Art Gallery ISBN 1 871575 28 1
John Moores 25 - Exhibition of Contemporary Painting Authors: Jake & Dinos Chapman, Sacha Craddock, Graham Crowley, Paul Morrison Published by National Museums, Liverpool ISBN 978 1 902700 35 9
Painting As a Foreign Language Authors: Gerard Hemsworth, Suhail Malik Published by Edificio Cultura Inglesa, Brazil ISBN 85 88116 07 3
Publications and research outputs
Kirwan, Richard. 2016. Jasper Johns : Regrets – The Courtauld Gallery London, 12th September – 14th December 2014. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2(1), pp. 133-155. ISSN 2052-6695