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Brian Gallagher


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


World Illustration Awards Winner 2016– Public Realm

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts- Print Prize 2019


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 all areas of design including magazines, newspapers, book publishing, advertising & museum design.

Clients include-

The Royal Mint, An Post, Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Walker Books, Oxford University Press, Random House, Longmans, Orion Publishing, Evening Standard,
The Office of Public Works, The National Trust & GPO Witness History

Member of:

Illustrators Ireland
Association of Illustrators
Water Colour Society of Ireland
Dublin Painting and Sketching Club
United Arts Club

Select Exhibitions:

Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, The United Arts Club, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Ranelagh Arts Centre, The Signal Arts Centre, The Law Library, Glor Ennis, New Light Prize Exhibition- UK,
The Glebe Gallery- Donegal, Bourn Vincent Gallery- Limerick, Cartoonmuseum- Basel Switzerland, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, Somerset House- UK,


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