Louis le Brocquy

Louis le Brocquy was born in Dublin in 1916. From 1934 to 1938 he studied  Chemistry at Trinity College, Dublin and then left Ireland to study the collections  in European museums and galleries before settling for a time in London. He began painting in 1939. In 1958 he married the Irish painter Anne Madden and the couple settled in Carros, France where they lived until their return to Dublin in 2000. He died in 2012. 


Louis le Brocquy typically painted in a delicate manner with layered washes of rich colour emerging from flat white backgrounds to build up images through a  series of irregular geometric planes that suggest the movement of light over his  subjects. Initially inspired by the stark contrast of light and shadow created by figures viewed against whitewashed walls in Spain, le Brocquy often painted in  series. Notable amongst these are the Traveller, Family and Procession series ,as  well as his Ancestral Heads and portraits of Irish writers, which were influenced  by decorated Polynesian ancestral skulls.


Louis le Brocquy represented Ireland at the 1956 Venice Biennale, where he  won the Premio Acquisito Internationale, and at the Fifty Years of Modern Art exhibition at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. He became the first person to be  awarded the IMMA/Glen Dimplex Lifetime Achievement Award for a sustained  contribution to the arts in Ireland in 1994 and in the same year he was elected  Saoi of Aosdána. Le Brocquy was also an Honorary member of the RHA.


In 2006  his 90th birthday celebrations included ten one-person exhibitions in France, Ireland and England and an Honorary Associateship of the National College of  Art and Design, Dublin. In 2007 he was awarded the freedom of the City of  Dublin. His work has been exhibited at countless venues across Europe and  throughout the world.