Nestled in the heart of Ranelagh village The Gerard Byrne Studio is home to one of Ireland's leading contemporary artists. The studio offers the unique opportunity to not only experience a state of the art gallery space and exhibition, but a window into the artist's studio space, to see Gerard at work and gain a greater understanding of his practice.
Events & Exhibitions
HOUSE 2019, RDS Dublin 24 - 26th May
INCOGNITO 2019 in aid of Jack & Jill Children's Foundation
Gerard Byrne's en plein air oil paintings and charcoal sketches reflect the artist's everlasting love for architecture, plants, cityscape and landscape. Whether in his London urban landscapes, Dublin vistas or depiction of raw nature Byrne's unique quality is to represent the past and present simultaneously. His paintings are careful studies of the present moment and what is in danger of being lost or has already vanished.
Gerard paints both from reality and imagination. When the artist's vivid imagination merges with reality he exceeds both categories creating exuberant images which hover on the verge of abstract. His unique blend, near kaleidoscope, of style and subject explain his emergence as an established force in Irish art and increasing internationally.
‘The National Botanic Gardens are on the one hand filled with fresh life and growth each year but are also rich with historic structures. More than any other artist, Gerard has captured that wonderful counterpoint, over his years of painting in the gardens. His evocative style captures the robust exuberance of tropical plants while his opulent colours reflect their exotic richness.
The Office of Public Works and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland are delighted to host his ‘Inside Outside & Beyond’ exhibition celebrating Gerard Byrne’s 30 years of painting the Gardens en plein air. ‘
Dr Matthew Jebb
Director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, June 2018
Dr Matthew Jebb and Gerard Byrne, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, June 2018, photo credit Barry Cronin
Gerard Byrne, Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London 2016
'Gerard Byrne, from Ireland, is one of the most established painters of the Parallax Art Fair. His landscapes are dynamic and spontaneous. His style is rich with texture and vibrancy, while his scorches and perspectives give an extraordinary depth and movement to the canvases. An excellent plein-air painter.'
Art Critic, ICAC Art Critics, Parallax Art Fair London, 2016
'Like many of the impressionists, with his outdoor scenes, he works en plein air working with or at times against the elements. He uses oil for its "buttery finish" and the way it flows and mixes on the canvas. Colour is of the utmost importance to Gerry as it is always a challenge to imitate nature and capture light. He welcomes this challenge with interest.
Gerard explores the themes of impressionism in a contemporary manner, capturing transience and atmosphere, but most of all emotion.'
Art Dealer, Greenlane Gallery Dingle, 2008
'Byrne is a self-taught artist who has reached international acclaim with his impressionistic, unique, style. His work is highly regarded in both private and corporate collections.
Getting his inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us. Byrne has an extraordinary ability to capture the energy and movement of life, transferring it on to canvas with his vibrant warm palette, giving the viewer a feeling of participation. So full of life is his work, that one finds oneself, sun in face, walking the small, winding roads of Killiney Hill or accepting a drink from that smiling waiter whilst surrounded by colourful party people.
Byrne is a versatile artist with huge talent in both architectural and landscape paintings, as well as in figurative and still life subjects. True to the principles of impressionism his landscape and street scenes are worked out of doors giving most significance to the effects of natural light.'
Art Dealer, Irish Fine Art Dublin, 2005
'Irish weather is not conductive to 'plein air' painting. Traditionally, those who persist in sketching outdoors have been forced to paint small scale studies, which are invariably used as preparatory notes for larger finished paintings in the Studio.
It was with some surprise therefore that I encountered an artist (Gerard Byrne) on a Dublin street, battling the elements, surrounded by onlookers, painting a large canvas. The sheer size of Byrne's canvases, some as large as 48 x 60 inches dictated the development of a direct bold technique of paint application full of bravura. He can often be observed sketching on steps, in a doorway or on a rooftop where his vibrant palette and unique perspective plunge the viewer into canvases awash with colour and movement.His most recent paintings come from the glasshouses in the Botanic Gardens where he worked surrounded by plants yet protected from the bad Summer weather.
There is, however, a very different aspect of Byrne's work which may surprise the viewer. When confined to his Studio he conjures up colourful figurative arrangements from earlier sketches in Dublin's Cafés, Pubs and Nightclubs where party revellers and jazz musicians are portrayed with gusto. He also paints large Still Lifes with dramatic light effects and again from unusual angles. All of his work, whatever the subject matter, share a lively palette, intuitive compositional skills and a 'joie de vivre'.'
Picture Restorer, Art Dealer, Gorry Gallery Dublin, 1998
James Gorry and Gerard Byrne, Exhibition of 17th - 21st century Irish Paintings, Gorry Gallery, Dublin 2017
'There's always a great feeling of excitement when a new artist's talent is discovered. Although Gerard Byrne has only been painting seriously for two years, he displays an exceptional natural ability and an obvious ease with his medium. Living art is fresh, young and vital to the successful continuation of the Irish Art scene. It is a privilege for us to be involved with the initiation and nurturing of a new member of this scene. It is also a tremendous opportunity for those who are interested to support the young artists who will be the big names of tomorrow.
Also, with such an ever increasing number of new buyers anxious to acquire quality works of Irish Art, this is the correct area in which to invest one's capital. Artists like Gerard Byrne and his contemporaries should be supported and encouraged to continue their work and it is so important for us all to realise artists' abilities while they are an active force in living art.'
Gerard Byrne The George Gallery Dublin 1989
'Gerard Byrne is a dedicated, prolific and exceptionally talented artist. We feel his work is very well worth representing on a permanent basis. This exhibition is, therefore, a stimulating and profound to what will be a long and significant career.'
Susan Stairs A.N.C.A.D.
Author, Art Consultant, The George Gallery Dublin, 1989