Liam Flynn Broken Line Series #1

Broken Line series #2

Wood, 275 x 260mmm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

Liam Flynn Sycamore Vessel

Sycamore Vessel

Wood, 240 x 270mmm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Ash Footed Vessel

ash, 25 x 26cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Ash Footed Vessel (detail)

ash, 25 x 26cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

Liam Flynn_Sycamore Vessel _Sycamore_30cm x 36 wide_Photographer Rory Moore

Sycamore Vessel with Black Rim

sycamore, 25 x 29cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Sycamore Vessel with Black Rim (detail)

sycamore, 25 x 29cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

Liam Flynn_Footed Vessel_Ebonised Oak_26cm high_Photographer Rory Moore

Ebonised Oak Inner Rimmed Vessel

ebonised oak, 31 x 40cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Inner Rimmed Vesselt

Oak, 31 x 31cm
Photographer, Liam Flynn

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Liam Flynn

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Liam Flynn was a self-taught woodturner based in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He created distinctive, exquisitely formed hand turned vessels. He worked with unseasoned wood which allowed the forms to change shape as they dried. A keen understanding of the complexities of the materials and how they would dry informed his prediction of the resulting line, surface and tone of the object. Working with oaks, ash and sycamore, Flynn’s focus was always on creating symmetry between the grain pattern and the shape of the vessel

 

  • The planning for my work starts not at the lathe, but when I’m standing over a log, trying to figure out what sort of vessel will fit into a particular piece of wood. …. The way I cut the piece from the log can determine the final shape of the vessel. I like to think that I can interpret what way the wood is going to warp but it sometimes surprises me.

 

He exhibited worldwide at exhibitions and art fairs and was represented by Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin and Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London. His work can be seen in the permanent collections of some of the world’s most renowned museums and galleries including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the National Museum of Ireland.

Collections

Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Limerick City Art Gallery
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Dublin Society
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, UK
State Art Collection, Office of Public Works
Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia, USA
V&A Museum, London, UK
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2015
Spin, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2012 
New Works in Wood
, Beaux Arts, Bath, UK
2011  
Retrospective and New, Hunt Museum, Limerick
2010 
New Wood Vessels, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2007  
Solo Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Group Exhibitions

 2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2017-2005 
COLLECT, V&A Museum and Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2016   
In Residence 11, Oliver Sears Gallery, London, UK
The Salon Art + Design, New York, USA
Pavilion of Art and Design, London, UK
Design Miami / Basel, Messe, Basel, Switzerland
2015
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
Taste Contemporary Craft, Geneva, Switzerland
In Residence, Oliver Sears Gallery, London, UK
Gallery Ten, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2014 
Craft Trend Fair, Myerscough Gallery, Seoul, Korea
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Vase, Vessel, Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
Culture Craft, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2013         
Ingrained, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Common Ground, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford, UK
Five into Four, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Design Days, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2013-2006   
SOFA Chicago, USA
2012
Design Days Dubai, Nilufar Gallery, United Arab Emirates
My Place, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
International Turned Wood and Ceramics, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
dubh – dialogues in black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2012-2011
SOFA
New York, USA
2011
dubh – dialogues in black, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
2010
MATERIALpoetry, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
Turned Wood, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2009    
Wood Willow Paper
, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Modern Masters, Munich International Trade Fair, Germany
In the Window, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

 

Gallery Representation

Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
Beaux Arts Bath, Bath, UK
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

Contact Details:

Liam Flynn
(1969 - 2017)

www.liamflynn.com