Brendon Deacy

art | design | words

Brendon Deacy's paintings, prints, drawings and photographs are inspired by the human effects of culture, history and politics, and have been exhibited in eighteen solo shows. His work is held in notable public and private collections in Australia, Europe, UK and USA.

 

He has received numerous awards, most recently Culture Ireland's 'Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme' Award, 'The Laois 2016 Community Commemoration' Award, 'The Thomas Dammann Trust Prize' and an 'NCAD 2016 Research Award'. In 1999 he represented Ireland at the international print exhibition 'Linoleum in 20th Century Art' in Amsterdam. He has published two critically acclaimed 'artist's books': 'The State We're Out' which recounts the story of his father's emigration from Ireland in 1951; and 'A Life in Relief' which tells the remarkable story of Michael Davitt, one of the foremost Irish figures of the Nineteenth Century.

 

His commissioned work, viewable on the Graphics page, has dealt with art, commerce, education, TV and publishing in print, on screen and in the public realm.

 

Published articles, written by distinguished commentators, that accompany the work can be read on the Words page.

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MOVING IMAGE...

My father would have been eighty-eight on 30 November 2016. Here's my painting of him inspired by one of his many emigration stories. A graphic account of his whole emigration experience can be seen in my 'artist's book' The State We're Out (see Books page). Chuid eile i síocháin daidí.

WHAT'S GOING ON...

 

Winter 2016

 

WHAT WAS GOING ON...

 

Autumn 2016

 

Photographs taken, in Laois and Connemara, of Ireland in all of its autumnal beauty...

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Inspiration from a research trip to the Dutch Design Week, 21 – 29 October...

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Invited speaker at the James Fintan Lalor School 2016, 1 October 2016

expressing concern over arts funding in a 'soapbox' presentation which prompted Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, to raise the issue with Heather Humphreys, the Minister for Arts

reported in the Leinster Express, 8 October,

click here to read report

my graphic for the James Fintan Lalor School 2016

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Unfettered Man of Letters exhibition, 15 September – 7 October 2016

Commission from Laois County Council to curate, and design associated material for, an exhibition exploring James Fintan Lalor's influence on the events of Easter 1916 as a visual focal point for the James Fintan Lalor School 2016

poster

brochure (above and below)

press coverage of the exhibition

click to read the write-up

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Síoraí exhibition ends at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 18 September. Read report in the Leinster Express here.

photographed with Noel White, Irish Ambassador to Australia, who officially opened

my Síoraí exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy

Summer 2016

 

Read a write-up in the Australian press about my current exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka here

article titled, 'The Ire of the Irish'

by Amber Wilson in The Courier, 15 July.

Photograph with Noel White,

Irish Ambassador to Australia,

by Luka Kauzlaric

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Article published in the Laois Nationalist about my Síoraí exhibition opening at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

Read report titled, 'Laois Man's Eye Catching Art Goes On Show Down Under,' in the Laois Nationalist, 20 July, here.

 

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One of the great pleasures of my life was to visit Arthur Boyd's studio and home at Bundanon in New South Wales, Australia, in July. I was privileged to get a personal tour by Deborah Ely, CEO Bundanon Trust. Arthur Boyd, through his painting and social conscience, is a key influence and inspiration for me and the banks of the Shoalhaven River where he lived and worked is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

 

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Photographs from the launch of Síoraí at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 9 July.

 

 

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Síoraí opens at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 9 July.

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A Life in Relief (see Books page) images feature in a new film titled Chasing Michael Davitt released 17 June 2016

Spring 2016

 

Postcard in response to the 1916 Proclamation exhibited at Clones Art Studios, Co. Monaghan, 30 May – 3 June 2016

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AWARD! Laois 1916 Community Project Award for Síoraí exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Eureka

 

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AWARD! Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Art Award for Síoraí exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Eureka

 

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Leinster Express, 1916 Supplement, 22 March 2016 feature on upcoming Australian exhibition – article can be read on the Words page on this site

 

 

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The legend that is @conko – artist; purveyor of the coolest clothes around (check them out www.bpbwear.com); and campaigner for mental health awareness – has painted a new wall at NCAD, Dublin and honoured me with a shout out!

 

Winter 2015–16

 

The Irish Times, 13 January 2016, feature on forthcoming Australian exhibition in special 1916–2016 supplement read article

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'Martha' print released

Limited edition print now for sale. The image was inspired by Dermot Bolger's beautiful 'Martha' poem which was inspired by the Tom Waits' song.

Giclée, 297x420mm, edition of 20, first 10 signed by Dermot Bolger and the artist. €186 including p&p.

Direct sales through the 'contact' page.

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Article about forthcoming exhibition in Autralia published in Midlands Art & Culture Magazine read article, Issue 24

Autumn 2015

 

AWARD! 'Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme' Award for 'Síoraí' exhibition to travel to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

 

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'I am Ireland' Programme launch at Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre, 3 October see photographs

 

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'Sioraí' images used on promotional material and for projections at the James Fintan Lalor Autumn School 2015, Dunamaise Arts Centre, 9–10 October see photographs

 

 

Summer 2015

 

Work from 'Síoraí: Visualising the Words of James Fintan Lalor Today' shown at the following: Saibhreas Group Exhibition, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, 11 April – 10 May, and at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 18 June – 8 August; Birr Arts Festival, Co. Offaly, 31 July – 7 August; and Design vs Art, The National Museum in Gdañsk, Poland, 16 May – 30 August.

© Brendon Deacy 2016