Brian Brouke HRHA, Aosdana
Chrissy Hynes - Watercolour and Pastel
can be considered one of the most significant artists working in Ireland
today. In a career spanning over forty years, his output has been enormous. He
has worked on a wide range of subject matter, mostly in painting and drawing.
His works display a great affinity and sympathy for his subject matter, and
above all, a wonderful sense of humour.
Brian has become associated with Connemara
where he lives. A place,as he describes, "of small rough fields and
windblown trees, very rural, with more horses than people". In addition to painting and drawing, Bourke has also
produced numerous sculptures, working in bronze and in wood. He has had one-man
exhibitions in various locations, spanning Ireland, the continent, and the United States.
Brian Bourke was born in Dublin
in 1936. He studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin
and St. Martin's School of Art, London.
He represented Ireland
at the Paris Biennale and the Lugano Exhibition of Graphics, both in 1965. He
won the Arts Council portrait competition in 1965, the Munster and Leinster Bank competition in
1966, and first prize in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art competition in
1967. In 1985, he was named Sunday Independent Artist of the Year, and he
received the O'Malley Award from the Irish-American Cultural Institute in 1993.
He is known for his series of mocking self-portraits comparing the artist to
Don Quixote. In 1991, he was artist-in-residence at the Gate Theatre's Beckett
Festival in Dublin,
with accompanying works appearing at the Douglas Hyde Gallery.
His work is featured in many important collections and galleries