Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Sunday, November 14, 2021
Brian Bourke with Tim Morris (New sculpture)
Self in garden holding a rectangle of blue. No two blues are alike. A subconscious challenge to the viewer.
‘The Beehive Garden‘
A small overgrown space of ancient apple trees which was once a very well kept apiary, and locally still goes by the name Beehive Garden.
Brian Bourke was born in Dublin in 1936. Mostly self taught, except for brief periods in N.C.A.D. and St.
Martin’s School of Art in London, he was later based in Dublin, with periods of working in Upper
Bavaria and Switzerland. He was a founder member of the Independent Artists and a member of the
Graphic Studio.He set up life drawing classes with Michael Farrell in Trinity College Arts Society which
continue to this day. In 1975 he moved to Co. Kilkenny and Co.Clare, finally settling in Galway, with
periods of work in Andalucia, Extremedura, Denmark and Manhattan, New York.
He works mostly in long series, examples being ‘Women Giving Birth to Men’, ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Sweeney
Astray’, Manhattan Vertigo’, Didi, Gogo and the Two Thieves’, ‘Frau Stutz’s Cherry Tree’ and series of
portraits as in ‘Jay with Basque Hat’.
He was chosen to represent Ireland in both the Biennale de Paris and the Lugano Exhibition of Graphics.
In the same year he won the Arts Council prize for portraiture and then in 1967, won the first prize in the
Irish Exhibition of Living Art competition.
A regular exhibitor at the Dawson and Taylor Galleries in Dublin, and at art galleries in Switzerland,
England, Ireland, Norway and America, his paintings were included in the Delighted Eye, Hibernian
Inscape, and ROSC exhibition in 1980. In 1985 the Sunday Independent newspaper named him Artist of
the Year, and in 1993 he received the O’Malley Award from the Irish-American Cultural Institute. In
1991 he was appointed artist-in residence at the Becket Festival at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, while his
accompanying works appeared at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.
In 1988 he had a major retrospective exhibition ‘Brian Bourke; Twenty five years’ at the Royal Hospital,
Kilmainham and another in 2010, ‘Brian Bourke; Five decades’ for the Galway Arts Festival in the
Fairgreen Gallery, Galway. This was accompanied by an art book of the same title.
Brian Bourke’s paintings appear in many important collections throughout Ireland and worldwide. He is
an honorary member of R.H.A and an elected member of Aosdana.