Louis le Brocquy

Louis le Brocquy was born in Dublin on the 10th November 1916. He abandoned his career in 1938 to pursue a career as a painter. Brocquy is a self taught painter who during his career co founded the Irish exhibition of Living Art in 1943. From 1947 he exhibited and worked in London and exhibited regularly in Europe and the US. In 1956, Brocquy represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, winning an International prize with A Family (National Gallery of Ireland), subsequently included in the historic exhibition Fifty Years of Modern Art Brussels, World Fair 1958. The same year he married the Irish painter Anne Madden and left London to work in the French Midi.

Brocquy is a member of Aosadana which elected him to position of Saoi. In 1962 he was conferred with an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin and received another from University College Dublin in 1988. Le Brocquy is widely acclaimed for his evocative portrait ‘Heads' of literary figures and fellow artists, which include William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, and his friends Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Seamus Heaney. In recent years le Brocquy's early "Tinker" subjects and Grey period "Family" paintings, have attracted headline attention on the international marketplace marking him as the fourth painter in Ireland and Britain to be evaluated within a very select group of artists, alongside Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Francis Bacon.

The artist's work is represented in numerous public collections from the Guggenheim, New York to the Tate Modern, London. In Ireland, he is honoured as the first and only living painter to be included in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.Though le Brocquy is, of course, known primarily as a painter, he has also been an accomplished printmaker. His exploration of the possibilities of etching and lithography began at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London in 1947 and he has produced over one hundred and fifty prints in subsequent decades.