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Thu, 10 Aug


Fourth Portal


An open invitation to meet artist Kevin Gavaghan whose paintings have captivated visitors to the Fourth Portal. Kevin returned to painting in his late 30s having struggled from school age to follow the passion he loves. Kevin's story is one to inspire anyone who doubts themselves. Licensed Bar

Time & Location

10 Aug 2023, 19:00 – 22:00

Fourth Portal, 19 Royal Pier Rd, Gravesend DA12 2BD, UK

About the event

Artist, Kevin Gavaghan returned to painting in his late 30s.  The unknown condition of Tourette Tics meant his love of art was punished at school rather than embraced. 

Kevin's story is one of courage, expression and inspiration. How one can transform their own life and follow a passion and win growing plaudits. 

Kevin's work is on display until August 2023, before moving on to St Pancras Old Church, Kings Cross, London. 


Watch Kevin discuss his work on YouTube (14mins)

Kevin Gavaghan is a self-taught artist, originating from North London and now working from his studio in Hertford. His paintings are evocative figurative imagery dancing around the fringes of surrealism and abstract art.

Kevin predominantly paints in oils. His process involves collecting images and photographs that inform an emotional connection about any given moment in his past. The artworks reflect emotional memories of his life growing up in the 1970s in a large Irish family, coping with the complexity of life with Tourette Tics and anxiety-related illnesses.  Paintings are created organically and continue to develop throughout the process.

Each painting will often change personality many times before settling on what Kevin believes reflects a truth within his thoughts. An eye condition called ‘Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR) developed 20 years ago that sometimes distorts his vision by producing fluid on his retina. Kevin chose to embrace the condition within his art. This embrace has led to a palette and application of bold vibrant colours.

The paintings dissect and bend his figures and portraits to the point of abstraction. For Kevin, it highlights the multi-layers of life and our inner emotions rather than the external likeness of his subject.

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