Brian has been a full time Artist & Illustrator since graduating in 1989.

He was especially drawn to using linocut and then scraperboard through the tutoring of wood engraver Peter Reddick at Art College in Bristol. His work is figurative, graphic and based on drawing. Painting and drawing from life and the model is a core activity.

The scraperboard process he practices is the reverse from usual mark making. He begins with a black board and gradually removes parts of it’s thin dark surface to reveal the white china clay beneath.

His illustration work has appeared in many areas including Advertising, Design, Editorial and Book Publishing.
Clients include: Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Walker Books, Oxford University Press, Random House, Longmans, Orion Publishing, Evening Standard, The National Trust.

He runs the weekly Thursday Life Drawing Group at The United Arts Club, Dublin.

Member of The United Arts Club
Member and past committee member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland (IGI)

Recent Solo shows:

The United Arts Club, Dublin 2015
The United Arts Club, Dublin 2011
Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin 2011
The Signal Arts Centre, Bray 2010
The Law Library, Dublin 2009
The Crow Gallery, Dublin 2008
The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal.

Recent Group shows:

New Light Prize Exhibition 2015- The Bowes Museum
Mercer Gallery, Harrogate Open- Selected 2015
Royal Hibernian Academy- Selected 2016- Selected 2015- Selected 2014- Selected 2013- Selected 2011- Selected 2010- Selected 2008
Royal Ulster Academy- Selected 2014- Selected 2012- Selected 2011- Selected 2010- Selected 2007
Ciall 2011- An Gailearaí Derrybeg Co Donegal
Bourn Vincent Gallery, Limerick- Life Room RHA 2011
Kontrastprogramm- Cartoonmuseum Basel, Switzerland 2010
Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland- A Nations Obsession 2007

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