Artist's Corner:

Brian Friel; A Portrait By Irish Artist Tom Byrne.

12th January 2022, 12am

Today, in our ‘Artists Corner’, ICC Digital brings you the final painting from the magnificent gallery of Ireland’s great Painter Tom Byrne. Over the past seven weeks we brought you Tom’s stunning portraits of Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh and W.B. Yeats, all of which you can still view on ICC Digital.

Today, as the last painting, we present Tom’s delightful portrait of Ireland’s great Playwright, Brian Friel. All of the seven portraits we have shown, came to ICC Digital, courtesy of Dublin’s wonderful DUKE STREET GALLERY, who represent Tom’s Byrne’s work.

It has been a pleasure to bring you all seven of Byrne’s beautiful, rich and vibrant portraits of some of Ireland’s greatest Irish Writers –They are all from his “Irish Writers Series”.

Tom Byrne is highly regarded as one of the hottest painters In Ireland. He is a widely collected, world renowned artist; his work examines the beauty and glamour of Irish culture with equal part starry-eyed wonderment, brutal honesty and aspirational longing.”

The “Duke Street Gallery”. is housed in an early 1700’s historic Dutch Billy House, at 17 Duke Street, in the heart of Dublin city, The Duke Street Gallery has been home to many artists, musicians, poets and writers over the years. Previous exhibitors of John Lennon and Ronnie Wood, the gallery holds an eclectic collection of paintings from both young and contemporary to established and international artists alike.

Tom Byrne has exhibited at ‘Duke Street Gallery’ many times; here’s what the Director of the Gallery, Pamela Byrne, says about Tom and his work..

Tom Byrne: Irish Writers Series

Given the centrality of the Duke Street Gallery as it rests in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, it seems particularly fitting that Tom Byrne has gifted us with so many outstanding images of our world-renowned Irish writers. Dublin’s streets are imprinted with the memories and stories of these great artists; they are part of the architecture of the city itself.

A voracious reader, Tom’s involvement in the arts led him to an unceasing study of Joyce, Yeats, Beckett, Behan, Heaney, Friel and others. Doing so brought forth interpretations and reinterpretations that both trace their familiar images and afford us the opportunity to look again and see a newness in the familiarity.

Tom Byrne is represented by The Duke Street Gallery. To buy one of his paintings or prints, or for all enquiries, please contact  [email protected]

The ICC would like to thank Pamela and all the team at The Duke Street Gallery for giving us permission to bring you some of Tom’s beautiful paintings.


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