LIAM Ó BROIN          Biography

Liam Ó Broin born 1944. Some of his work have been acquired for the National Collection (Office of Public Works) and work has also been purchased by the Arts Council of Ireland, The Butler Collection Kilkenny and Trinity College Dublin Contemporary Art Collection.  He has worked in several media over the last forty years–firstly in printmaking at Graphic Studio Dublin from 1970, eventually moving to teaching art having graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1978.

Ó Broin studied tapestry weaving at the National College of Art  and Design and he subsequently won the Scott-Tallon-Walker prize for a woven tapestry – St. Brendan – at the Oireachteas exhibition in 1980. He also worked with the artist Partick Pye on two woven pieces designed by Pye in the 1980’s and worked for a time at the Dublin Art Foundry on several of his own bronze pieces in the lost wax technique. In the 1970’s he also took up painting. Ó Broin exhibited regularly at the Oireachteas Art exhibitions in the 1980’s and also exhibited with the Independent Artists group. In 1982 he held a joint exhibition at Kilkenny Design Dublin with the potter Geoffrey Healy, of decorated plates and jars based on the Song of Songs. He has regularly exhibited in recent  group shows at Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin, with Leinster Printmakers Clane, Kenny Gallery Galway  and the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

Liam Ó Broin is currently working on a suite of lithographs based on Dante Alighieri’s Purgatorio and Paradiso – having completed thirty four lithographs based on Inferno which was the subject of a solo exhibition in Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin, in July 2012. It was also shown at the Italian Cultural Institute Dublin, in April 2013. and also in University College Cork from January until March 2014.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1972-1977 Oireachtas Art Exhibitions
1972-1980 Watercolour Society of Ireland
1972-1980 Setanta Gallery, Dublin
1974-1977 Davis Gallery, Dublin
1976 “Irish Artists”, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow
1976 Invited Artist, Independent Artists, Project Arts Centre
1976 Graphic Studio Dublin, Retrospective, Sir Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
1976 & 1980 Octagon Gallery, Belfast
1980 Aberbach Fine Art, London
1980 Scott-Talon Walker prize, Oireachtas Art Exhibition. Woven tapestry
1980 “The Song of Songs”, Illustrated plates and jars. Joint exhibition with Geoffrey Healy, potter. Kilkenny Design
1980 Irish Artists”, Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop
1980 Juried Scottish National Print Exhibition, Aberdeen
1987 Collaborated with Patrick Pye on two woven tapestries
1990 “Irish Printmakers”, Kilcock Art Gallery
1990 Graphic Studio Dublin
1997-2006 Droichead Arts Centre
2005 “Siva meets Medb”, Invited Artist, Leinster Print Studio
2005, 2006, 2012 Dunlavin Arts Festival
2008 “Graphic Studio Artists”, Kenny Gallery, Galway
2008 “GSD Artists’ Summerfest”, Graphic Studio Dublin
2008 “Little Christmas”, Graphic Studio Dublin
2009 “Le Chéile, A Welsh/ Irish Print Collaboration”, Graphic Studio Dublin
2010 “Gold- GSD’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition”, Graphic Studio Dublin
2010 “Gold- GSD’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition”, Galway Arts Festival
2012 “Sketchbooks”, Graphic Studio Dublin
2012 “Summer Printfest”, Graphic Studio Dublin
2012-2013 “An Duanaire translated by Thomas Kinsella”  A Visual Interpretation of the Poems of the Dispossessed, Leinster Printmaking, Crow Gallery, Dublin
2017 “Songs of the Whispering Things”, Slane Village. An exhibition of 21 watercolours based on the poems of Francis Ledwidge.
2017 “Another Bite of the Cherry”. Group exhibition of Graphic Studio Dublin artists based on the theme of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

Solo Exhibitions

1978 Etchings and Lithographs, Setanta Gallery, Dublin
1979 Paintings and Prints, Callan Design, Drogheda
1984 Paintings and Tapestry, Harvest Gallery, Drogheda
1986 Paintings and Drawings, Forge Gallery, Collon, Co Louth
1988 & 1992 Paintings, Millmount Craft Centre, Drogheda
2002 & 2005 Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre, Newgrange, Co Meath
2012 “Dante Alighieri – Inferno”, Graphic Studio, Dublin
2013 “Dante Alighieri – Inferno”, Italian Institute of Culture
2016 “Sappho’s Daughter”. A suite of lithographs based on the poem ‘Sappho’s Daughter’ by Theo Dorgan.


1978 Graduated from the National College of Art and Design


Awards/ Achievements

1980 Scott Talon Walker prize at Oireachtas Art Exhibition
1980 Founder Director, Black Church Print Studio
2009-2013 Board Member and Chairman, Graphic Studio Dublin
2006-2008 Board Member, Leinster Print Studio

Reviews/ Publications

“From Finglas to Flanders fields”, Dermot Bolger, The Irish Times, 1st June, 2007

“Why Artists Make Prints”, Liam Ó Broin, 2009

“Ink-Stained Hands – Graphic Studio Dublin and the Origins of Fine-Art Printmaking in Ireland”, Brian Lalor, 2011, The Lilliput Press, Dublin

“Dante Alighieri – Inferno: A Suite of 34 Lithographs”, Angela Griffith, Irish Arts Review, Winter 2012

“Inferno, A Journey”, Liam Ó Broin, 2012

“A Collaboration Across Time”, Dr Riann Coulter, 2012

Dante Alighieri – Inferno”, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 17th August, 2012

“Irish Love Poetry”, Brian Lalor (ed), 2013, Bookcraft, Gloucestershire


Liam Ó Broin’s works are represented in the collections the Arts Council of Ireland, the National Collection (Office of Public Works), the Butler Art Collection, Kilkenny and Trinity College Dublin, the National Library of Ireland, University College Cork library, the British Library and the National Gallery of Ireland.