Michael Gurhy graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Since then, He has exhibited his artwork throughout the UK and Internationally as well as establishing an Ethical T-Shirt Label.
Michael became the first recipient of the €5000 Crawford Open Artist Award selected from over 750 applicants by Francis Morris and Enrique Juncosa (Head of Collections (International Art), Tate Modern, and Enrique Juncosa, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art) both agreed that Michael Gurhy’s work “is small-scale work but potent in terms of emotion. His work addresses youth culture but evokes a knowledge of the unforeseen, of premonition”
Additional prizes and awards received include The Installation/Video Award from the Cork Film Centre. The UCC Purchase Prize selected by the Glucksman Gallery for the University College Cork Collection and the Arts Festival Prize award given by the Cork Institute of Technology. In 2016 Michael’s print The Language of Lagomorphs was selected by the Nunnery Gallery as part of its 20 Prints for 20 Years, a limited edition series of prints from Bow Arts artists.
My work is orientated around by the human condition. I examine emotions and states of being (altered states of consciousness) violence, otherworldliness, disassociation and order, sexuality, the uncanny and the transcendental. Nature reclaiming through the display of it’s force. Gothic Myth & Fairytales. Beauty & it’s deconstruction, objects of desire and transgression. Restraint and the inability to express. Immersive installation based environments that harvest a sense of stillness, anticipation and risk.