artists

Kevin Cosgrove

mother’s exhibitions:
Kevin Cosgrove
Remake
17 September – 1 November 2014

Brendan Earley & Kevin Cosgrove
Nor for Nought
14 September – 29 October 2011

Kevin Cosgrove
Just the usual
7 June – 16 July 2011

Kevin Cosgrove
The Untitled First Album
22 October – 15 November 2008

exhibitions:
Kevin Cosgrove
FRIEZE Frame | Frieze Art Fair London 2012
London 2012

Born Ireland, 1984, lives and works in Dublin

Kevin Cosgrove’s carefully understated paintings are compelling individually, but together they make up an ingenuously coherent body of work. Cosgrove makes remarkable paintings of workplaces; de-populated factory interiors, mechanic’s workshops, lumber-yards, dry-docks, sites of old-fashioned ‘proper’ handwerk. etc. Cosgrove’s relatively traditional upbringing in a mining community in the central heartlands of Ireland has instilled a strong sense of survival, craft, industry and the honourability of work into canvases of under-populated workplaces. The (perhaps out-moded) notions of ‘proper’ work and the oral communication of skills, from father to son, generation to generation, are fundamental to his paintings, which can be art-historically contexualised by an extensive framework of artists who have explored the social structures and the nobility – or otherwise – of labour, linking Corot, Courbet and Manet to the Euston Road School and extending to the artists of Soviet and Chinese social realism. Cosgrove sees himself as a craftsman, or artisan wherein the art is more visible than the artist; accordingly, his art is superbly constructed and carefully articulated.

Cosgrove was shortlisted for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize in 2010 and his work has been shown at Frieze Art Fair, London (solo, 2012) and Art HK, and Art Basel Hong Kong, (solo, 2012 and 2016), as well as three solo exhibitions at mother’s tankstation, Dublin. Further exhibitions include Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (solo, 2016), The Dock, Leitrim (2016), Don’t shoot the painter, Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2015), 40/40/40, travelled to Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Warsaw, and Pallazo Della Farnesina, Rome (2013) and Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. In 2017, Cosgrove’s work was included in an expansive overview exhibition, The New Frontiers of Painting, Fondazione Stelline, Milan.

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