Louis le Brocquy

Louis le Brocquy was born in Dublin and emerged as a self-taught artist after he left his career in science in 1938. He began exhibiting art in 1940.

His first work was indebted to representation, influenced by Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Later we would come to think of his tapestries, heavily abstracted in form, or his famous Presences series. The Presences series, inspired by Polynesian decorated skulls, display a skull caught between emergence and submergence amid a blank canvas recalling isolation, a central theme to the artists overall practice. His visual style evolved throughout his career though constantly at its heart was the internal psychology of the individual. Through his career he spent time in London and France and exhibited throughout Europe. Though he never lived in Ireland after 1946, his themes remained assertively Irish in its reference to folklore and mythology.

Considered by many to be the most important Irish artist of the late twentieth century, Le Brocquy left a body of work much admired and a legacy within the Irish art world. He played an important role in the founding of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943 and won international acclaim with retrospectives as far as Australia and Japan.

Le Brocquy was among those artists, "who are aware of the vast and potent possibilities of inventing ways by which fact and appearance can be reconjugated." Francis Bacon in 1966.
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