Born in Dublin in 1946, Richard Gorman was educated in Ireland, but has lived and worked in Milan since the 1980s. He has exhibited widely and regularly since the mid 80s, especially in Dublin, London, Milan and Tokyo.
Gorman first began producing a series of woodblock prints and 3D works in 2003. Recently, he has also collaborated with the fashion house Hérmes to produce his designs on their signature silk scarves. A book of his work published by the Joseph & Anni Albers foundation is also forthcoming.
KAN is a major new project by Gorman he began in 2015. 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.
KAN takes its title from a Japanese concept. The character (pronounced 'kan') is an essential one in everyday Japanese. The fundamental meaning is “space between,” “gap,”
“interval,” “distance.” However, it refers not only to space, but to time as well, meaning, also, "time between," "pause," "break."