For this new series of works McGorry cites the pre-Raphaelite period. Taking prime examples of paintings in the era that are etched into our visual memory, McGorry re-works their composition to create contemporary works. This meshing of art historical references and contemporary imagery is a consistent theme in his oeuvre that speaks to a continuity of painting practice. Through bold and intuitive use of colour, McGorry’s works have an intense visual impact that seems to mock any concept of the medium being under threat of dying. In this series we see a communication of artistic knowledge which continues in a tradition similar to the pre-Raphaelites themselves who were referencing back to to a period before Raphael.
“The Death of Painting” acrylic,chalk and charcoal on canvas 1200x1500mm
“The Burial of Painting” acrylic and charcoal on canvas 1885 x 1200mm Private Collection
“The Assumption of Painting” acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 1885mm x 1200mm Private Collection
“Paintings new Maidens” acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 1600mm x 1185mm