Liam
Flynn

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Victoria & Albert Museum.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.

National Museum of Ireland.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA.

Limerick City Art Gallery.

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK.

Crafts Council of Ireland.

Royal Dublin Society.

Department of Foreign Affairs Collection.


Solo EXHIBITIONS

2015

Spin, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

2012

New Works in Wood, Beaux Arts, Bath.

2011

Retrospective and New, Hunt Museum, Limerick.

2010

New Wood Vessels, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.

2007

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

2004

Art Vessels, Plateaux Gallery, London.

EXHIBITIONS

2015

Taste Contemporary Craft, Geneva, Switzerland.

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London.

Gallery Ten, Edinburgh (4 person group show).

Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.


2014

Craft Trend Fair, Seoul, Korea, represented by Myerscough Gallery.

Portfolio Selected Works, RHA, Dublin.

Vase, Vessel, Void, represented by Myerscough Gallery.

Five into Four, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.


2013

Ingrained, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Common Ground, Oxford Ceramics Gallery

SOFA Chicago, represented by Myerscough Gallery.

Five into Four, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London.

Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery.

Design Days Dubai, represented by Sarah Myerscough.


2012

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London

New Works in Wood, Beaux Arts, Bath (solo exhibition)

SOFA, Park Avenue Armory, New York

Design Days Dubai, represented by Sarah Myerscough

My Place, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.

International Turned Wood and Ceramics, Myerscough Fine Art.

Dubh, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

SOFA Chicago, represented by Myerscough Fine Art.


2011

Retrospective and New, Hunt Museum, Limerick

The World Turns, SOFA Chicago.

Dubh, American Irish Historical Society, New York.

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London.

SOFA NY, represented by Sara Myerscough Fine Art.


2010

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art.

Material Poetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York.

New Wood Vessels, (solo exhibition) Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.

Collectors of Wood Art special exhibit, SOFA Chicago.

Turned Wood, Sarah Myescough Fine Art.

Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery.


2009

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, represented by Myerscough fine Art.

Wood Willow Paper, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Modern Masters, Munich International Trade Fair.

Bluecoat Display Centre, In the Window Vessel, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art

Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery


2008

Into the Woods, Bamford/ Myerscough Fine Art.

SOFA Chicago, represented by National Craft Gallery/del Mano Gallery

Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK.

New Masters of Woodturning, Nina Bliese Gallery, Minneapolis MN

Wood Takes Root, St. George Art Museum, Utah

Masterwork - Objets de créateurs européens (organized by World Crafts Council -Europe) Viaduc des Arts , Paris.

Collect V&A Museum London, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art.

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles.

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale AZ, represented by del Mano Gallery.

Turning Wood into Art 2008, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art. London.

Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, UK.


2007

Side by Side, Hunt Museum,Limerick.

SOFA Chicago Represented by National Crafts Gallery, Del Mano Gallery.

Best of European Contemporary Craft, Luxembourg.

Ecology, Mythology and Technology, National Crafts Gallery.

Eblana Gallery, Dublin.

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (solo show)

SOFA New York, Represented by del Mano Gallery<

Les Bols d'Exception, Gallerie Terra Viva, France.

Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art.

Turning Wood into Art, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.


2006

Carlin Gallery, Paris. (two man show)

Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

Alturnatives Form and Spirit, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA. USA.

SOFA Chicago, represented by the National Crafts Gallery, Ireland.

Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art.

Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, UK.

Turned and Sculpted Wood 2006, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

Turning Wood into Art, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art. London.

Swedish - Irish Crafts with a modern twist, Misery Hill Art Gallery, Dublin.

Collectors Event, Hunt Museum, Limerick.


2005

Small is Beautiful, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Innovations, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA.

Forty Shades of Green, Glucksman Gallery, Cork. (Crafts Council of Ireland touring exhibition.)

Collect, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art.

Christmas Design Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.

Collectors @ the Hunt Museum, Limerick.

Turning Wood into Art 2005, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.

Collectors Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival.

National Crafts Gallery Review 00 - 04, Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny.

Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles.


2004

Art Vessels, Plateaux Gallery, London. (Solo Show)

Turned and Sculpted Wood 2004, del Mano Gallery,

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, ( Guest Artist Program)

Turning around the World 2004, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA.

SOFA Chicago/New York, represented by del Mano Gallery.

Collect Victoria & Albert Museum, London, represented by Sarah Myerscough.

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. (Solo Show)

Turning wood into Art, Sarah Myerscough, London.

Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery.

Against the Grain, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, UK.

Connecting with the Vessel, Platform Gallery, Lancashire, UK.

Fine Forms, Eigse Carlow Arts Festival


2003

SOFA Chicago, with del Mano Gallery.

Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.

Turning around the World, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia.

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe , NM, with del Mano Gallery.

Turned Wood 2003, del Mano, Los Angeles.

Selected Works, del Mano, Los Angeles.

Kenwood House Crafts, London.

New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, UK.


2002

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (solo show)

Formes, Carlin Gallery, Paris.

Chelsea Crafts Fair, London.

Vessel, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.


2001

The National Museum of Ireland.

Woodworks, the City Gallery, Leicester, Uk.

A Close Shave, Grace Barrand Design Centre, UK.

Chelsea Crafts Fair


2000

Sotheby's Contemporary Decorative Arts, London.

Cloud Nine Gallery, Zurich.

Kunstlokaal 11, The Netherlands.

Wood from the Trees, Whichcraft Gallery, Dublin.

Chelsea Crafts Fair.

Christmas Present, Shipley Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear


1999

Vessel, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.

Carlin Gallery, Paris.

Flow Gallery, London.

Chelsea Crafts Fair.

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

20th Century Art Fair, New York, represented by Michael Goedhuis.


1998

Turned Wood Vessels, Dolmen Gallery, Limerick, (Solo Show)


1996

Joining Forces, Oxford Gallery


1995

A Renaissance of Irish Craft, Philadelphia. ( Crafts Council of Ireland Exhibition)


1994

Turning to Fibre, Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee. ( Two man show with Fibre Artist Seamus McGuinness)


1993

Blackened Wood, Oxford Gallery

Taipei International Exhibition of Arts, Taipei

1992

Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

Western Winds, Hitchcocks, Bath UK.


AWARDS

2005

Inaugural winner, Crafts Council of Ireland Bursary award. 1989 - 91, 1994. 1997-99 and 2001.

Royal Dublin Society, First Prize, Turned Wood, National Crafts Competition.

1997

Crafts Council of Ireland Award

1996

California Gold Medal


RESIDENCIES

2006

Resident Fellow, International Turners Exchange, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA.

2005

Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Liam Flynn Retrospective, Hunt Museum 2011.

Conversations with Wood, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2011.

Irish Arts Review, Vol 28 Issue 3, Autumn 2011.

New Masters of Woodturning, Fox Chapel Publishing 2008.

Ateliers d'Art, no 63 May/June 2006.

Turning Points, Vol 17 no 2, Winter 2005. Wood Turning Centre Publications.

Irish Arts Review, Vol 21 Issue 3, Autumn 2004, 20th Anniversary Edition.

500 Wood Bowls, Lark Books 2004.

Woodturning, No 115, September 2002. Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications.

Bowl Turning Techniques Masterclass, Tony Boase. Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, 1999.

CRAFTS, issue no 114 Jan/Feb 1992, British Crafts Council Publications.


CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2006

Curator, Tracing the Line. (catalogue) National Crafts Gallery, Kilkenny. An exploration of the formative influences on Irish Woodturning. This exhibition featured both historical and new works by renowned makers such as Jim Partridge, Ciaran Forbes, David Ellsworth and Maria van Kesteren.

"An encounter with a Liam Flynn vessel can be an emotional experience. His pieces are achingly beautiful: they have a brooding presence, a sense of rightness, an air of confidence. We long to touch and caress them, to cup our hands around them and lift them and feel for ourselves their astonishing lack of weight. The shapes are subtle – round but not round, delicately undulating, alive, changing as we move. We are intrigued by the detailing: rhythmic carvings, double rims, shaped feet. His enclosed forms are containers of darkness. They are sculptural pieces, sacred vessels, objects of meditation, timeless artefacts. They exude a sense of calm assurance yet they are also dynamic, restrained yet powerful with latent energy; erotic." - Roger Bennett (Liam Flynn retrospective catalogue essay 2011)

Liam Flynn's family have been involved in joining and woodworking for generations. Flynn carries on the tradition, but his focus is on turning wood, specifically creating and refining the classic vessel form.

The artist has an exceptional skill for understanding the grain of the wood, compounded with a technical dexterity to predict how the wood will dry. He manipulates the woodturning process so that the line of the grain becomes an integral part to the creative design of the piece. This results in vessels that are breathtakingly simple and elegant, while also exceptionally complex to achieve. The artist says of his practice, "I relish the challenge of interpreting what the timber will do, how much movement is going to occur as the vessel dries out and what influence that will have on the final line of the piece."

Flynn works almost entirely in Irish Oak, a strong durable wood that demands simplicity of form. As the wood is also rich in tannins, it is ideal for fuming and ebonising, a colouring that the artist can use creatively to accentuate the stark form he achieves.

Flynn lives and works in County Limerick, Ireland. Almost entirely self-taught, he is now recognized as one of the world's foremost woodturners. The artist's work is in the permanent collections of Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK; National Museum of Ireland; Centre for Art in Wood, Philadelphia; Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; Department of Foreign Affairs and the Crafts Council of Ireland collection. Flynn's celebrated status as a maker in Ireland has recently been recognized through a retrospective exhibition at the Hunt Museum, Limerick. His work was featured on a new special edition stamp, issued to mark 2011 as the Year of Craft in Ireland.

Photos on Homepage/News of Liam at work in studio are by Brendan Landy. Ash and Ebonised Oak Barrel forms from Current works are by Trevor Hart. All other images by Liam Flynn.

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