John O’Flynn is a Cork born artist and architect living in Dublin for the last 25 years. After winning many Texaco Children’s Art Competition awards during his school years he went on to study architecture (UCD & Southbank, London), Painting (Crawford School of Art, Cork) and Illustration (Harrow School of Art).
He has worked in commercial illustration, architectural practice, and architectural illustration as well selling paintings. He is a member of the RIAI, is the Hon Treasurer of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, and is a member of the RHA’s Life Room group.
His work is characterised by strong draughtsmanship, careful composition, a strong but realistic colour pallette, and descriptive brushwork. His favoured media are oils, watercolour and pen & ink for sketching, and for illustration. Never far from the life-room, he is also an enthusuastic plein air painter. Most, if not all, his landscape work is executed “en plein air” with only very minor adjustment to details afterwards. His is drawn to boats lying on mud at low tide, landscapes with an architectural element somewhere to lend a “hard edge” or focal point to build a composition around, and dramatically sunlit scenes.