Ramon Kassam (b. 1981) is an artist from Limerick City. Painting forms the basis of his practice. Works are the result of an intuitive engagement with the rich tradition. Using painting, drawing and collage in his current practice, the emphasis has been on brutally reshuffling studio materials, narratives, art/personal histories and formal elements together in such a way that they have been chewed, swallowed and regurgitated to construct works. This is a scissors and paste approach to absorb and refract different things he may have seen, known or is trying to establish an understanding of: people, spaces, landscapes, objects, and other paintings. Ultimately however, the works become their own point of reference and aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition and the physical and psychological landscape of his world.
Ramon received a first class honors degree in fine art-painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007. He has exhibited widely since. Exhibitions include ‘New Living Art’ IMOCA, Dublin (2012) ‘Bricks and Mortar’, Boston, USA (2012), ‘Transitive Relationships’, Limerick City Galley of Art (2012), ‘Constellations’, Visual , Carlow(2011) & 'Paint-Things' a solo show at Occupy Space, Limerick (2010). Ramon will participate on an upcoming residency at The Irish Musuem of Modern Art and is also the recipient of The RHA Tony O’ Malley Residency Award which he will begin in June 2013. In addition to his practice, Ramon founded and directed Wickham Street Studio Limerick from 2009-2011, an artist studio complex which has provided studio space for over 30 artists in the city to date. Also in 2009, he was the founding member of Occupy Space, an artist run gallery in the city, and co-directed the space throughout 2010.
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