2015 VUE Savills Contemporary Art Prize Winner


Angus Potterton, MD Savills Ireland, presenting the VUE Contemporary Art Prize to artist Richard Gorman


Irish artist awarded the inaugural ‘VUE Contemporary Art Prize' presented by Savills

The prestigious new award for contribution to the visual arts in Ireland was awarded to Irish abstract artist, Richard Gorman, at the launch of VUE 2015 Art Fair in the Royal Hibernian Academy on Thursday 5 November.

The VUE Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills, worth €5,000, was presented by the Irish arm of the global real estate business.

I am delighted to award Richard Gorman the inaugural VUE Contemporary Art Prize. It is important that the Irish art world celebrate and encourage talent and imagination. Art is wholly complementary to property and homes and, as such, Savills was delighted to be invited to support this significant prize”, Angus Potterton, Managing Director of Savills said at the preview night of VUE.

RHA Director, Dr. Patrick Murphy, adjudicated the inaugural VUE Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills for 2015.

Dublin born, Richard Gorman studied at Trinity College before graduating in Fine Art from the Dun Laoghaire School of Art. Based in Milan, Gorman has exhibited widely in Dublin, London, Milan and Tokyo. Gorman’s work in Japan has notably influenced his style and practice and has resulted in solo exhibitions at several institutions in the country.

The art prize was developed to honour an artist who, in the preceding twelve months, had produced an outstanding body of work or some substantial contribution to visual arts.

"Having been one of the first artists to collaborate with James O'Nolan of Stoney Road Press over ten years ago, I am particularly pleased and gratified to be awarded the 2015 VUE Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills. KAN represents the natural progression of abstraction in my work, in addition to new developments in colour, scale and texture." said Richard upon receiving the accolade.

Richard’s current art project, KAN, was made at Stoney Road Press in 2015. KAN takes its title from a Japanese concept with the fundamental meaning ‘space between’, ‘gap’, and ‘distance’. The images are printed on handmade Indian paper from shaped aluminum plates. KAN is a series of three monumental scale, and six smaller scale carborundum prints in editions of ten.

Richard has an upcoming solo exhibition this November at Assab One in Milan and recent solo exhibitions included The MAC in Belfast, The Kerlin Gallery in Dublin and several art galleries in Japan.

The VUE art fair is an unparalleled opportunity for collectors and investors to experience some of the best contemporary art currently being created, and to get expert advice and guidance from leading galleries.

Galleries participating in VUE 2015 include Taylor Galleries, Peppercanister Gallery, lb Jorgensen, Belfast’s Fenderesky Gallery, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Olivier Cornet, Graphic Studio, Hillsboro Fine Art, SO Fine Art Editions, Molesworth Gallery, Stoney Road Press, Kevin Kavanagh, Green on Red, Eight Art Gallery, Cross Gallery, Solomon Fine Art, Oonagh Young Gallery/Artbox, NAG, Gormleys Fine Art, IMMA and Irish Art Review.

For more information on VUE 2015