Kevin Gavaghan

Kevin Gavaghan is a self-taught artist, originally from North London but now works from his studio in Cambridgeshire. His work is brooding and evocative figurative paintings dancing around the fringes of surrealism and abstract art. He predominantly paints in oils, drawing inspiration from his own life and the deeper connections with people he has encountered throughout his life.

Kevin has had Tourette Tics and anxiety-related conditions since he was 12 years old that continued throughout his life. Approximately 20 years ago he developed an eye condition called Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR) which can distort his vision by producing fluid on his retina.

He chose to embrace this in his art, and like his vision, Kevin’s use of bold vibrant colours distort and bend his figures and portraits to the point of abstraction which, for Kevin, highlights the multi-layers of life and our inner emotions rather than the external likeness of his subject.

He creates organically and his paintings continue to develop throughout the process often changing their personality many times before settling on what he believes reflects a truth within his thoughts. His paintings directly confront the viewer with honesty often reflecting their own life, feelings and emotional thoughts the viewer may keep hidden from public view.

He work has sold internationally and he has had a number of exhibitions around London, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, and Sussex.