This September, the Gerard Byrne Studio presents Gerard Byrne’s second major solo exhibition of 2020, ‘Pause for Harmony. Art in Lockdown’. Showcasing nearly 50 works painted by Gerard Byrne in Dublin city over the months of lockdown, the exhibition forms a visual diary of this momentous time in the city’s history.
The exhibition will run from the 25th September to the 25th October, and there will also be a virtual version of the exhibition accessible to anyone across the globe from our website.
During the strictest period of lockdown in Dublin, Gerard Byrne began painting from his rooftop in Ranelagh, finding solace in the familiar scenes around him, and earning himself the nickname ‘the artist on the roof’. As restrictions eased, he later travelled further afield to paint the streets around his home, and the iconic South Dublin Coastline in the early summer sun. The subsequent collection of works forms our upcoming exhibition, ‘Pause for Harmony. Art in Lockdown’.
His paintings pay homage to the Georgian architecture of Dublin City, and evoke the sense of community and tranquility that could be felt on the streets, despite the global crisis in which we have found ourselves. Lockdown became for Byrne, as for many, an unexpected moment of reflection, and of harmony.