His work is fast becoming a collector’s item.
Now Cork-based, Limerick-born artist Ian Brennan has been selected to represent Ireland at this year’s London Art Biennale.
The annual event presents over 350 artists from all traditions and lines of thought, emerging and established, in a celebration of contemporary art at the Old Town Hall on King’s Road in Chelsea, London from July 26th-30th.
Dripsey-based Brennan, who trained as a psychotherapist in his late twenties and brings the depth of the inward journey into his artwork, will show his striking piece Milk Tooth, which will hang alongside contemporary art selected from all over the world.
“Each piece of my work contains many layers, much like the human psyche,” Brennan says.
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“My job as an artist is to explore each layer of my paintings as a part of myself. Only when I make peace with that part of myself can I move onto the next layer of a painting.”
“My portraits of people are no different to this process. The fact that they are often nude does not mean less layers, in fact, it’s the opposite.
I don’t just paint the human body, I paint the human feelings covered in flesh.”
Brennan is the only Irish artist to have taken home a gong at the 2021 London Art Biennale, where he won the City of Chianciano Award for his work The Recliner.
He later brought his piece Homecoming to the Chianciano Biennale, a prestigious exhibition that runs throughout August at The Museo d’Arte di Chianciano Terme, a private art museum in Chianciano Terme, Tuscany.