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Ramon Kassam is an Irish artist based in Co. Kilkenny. Paintings form the basis of his practice. His self-referential attitude to painting includes third-person narratives and thematic world-building. His artworks are permeated with tactics and tropes that enliven storytelling through painting and display. His works relate to one another through an invented narrative of artistic activity that indulges with the themes of Studio, Landscape and Environment.
The aesthetic of his work is influenced by the painted fabric of the Irish built environment and his appreciation for modernist painting languages. Blocks of colour and form are haphazardly combined to create visual arrangements and narratives. Canvases are often cropped, flipped, glued, and can incorporate various studio materials such as tape, photographs, paper, wood, tacks, etc.
Ramon Kassam began his art practice in Limerick and and is a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design. His solo exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery 2022, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin 2018 & 2016; Limerick City Gallery of Art 2015; and Pallas Projects, Dublin 2013. He has received a number of awards and residencies. These include The Next Generation and Visual Artist Bursary Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, and residencies with Askeaton Contemporary Arts, The Embassy of Ireland Addis Ababa, The RHA Tony O’ Malley Residency and Irish Museum of Modern Art. His work is represented in collections including, The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Trinity College Dublin, Embassy of Ireland Ethiopia, Office of Public Works, and Corporate & Private Collections (IE, UK, USA).
Philip Kavanagh review of ‘Ramon Kassam | Study for a Studio by the Sea @ Green on Red Gallery Dublin’ for Circa Art Magazine. June 2018.
James Merrigan, +Billion- Journal review of 'Ramon Kassam | Works' At Green On Red Gallery, Dublin. June 2016.
Aidan Dunne Irish Times review of 'Gallery' at Limerick City Gallery of Art. July 2015.
John Gayer, joint review: Laragh Pittman: Museum of the Re-Found, The Bayno, Liberties College & Ramon Kassam: Portrait Cuts Itself Out on the Floor, Project Space at PP/S, Dublin, Paper Visual Art Journal, November 2013.
James Merrigan, review: #65: PAINTING WITH LYRICS, RAMON KASSAM, Portrait Cuts Itself Out On The Floor, Pallas Projects, Dublin, 26 – 30 June, 2013. +BILLION- JOURNAL. October 2013