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County Dublin Ireland
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Brian Fay is an artist and lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His practice, rooted in drawing, uses the materiality of pre-existing artworks and objects to examine their complex relation to time. Recent solo shows include Of the Survival of Images (and Objects) Nag Gallery, Dublin and Broken Images or When does Posterity Begin? RHA Gallery, Dublin. Selected group shows include Motion Capture: Drawing and the Moving Image, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Projet Gutenberg, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris and Pull, Bite Rally, NCAD Gallery, Dublin.

His work is in the National Drawing Collection, and the collections of The Crawford Art Gallery, DIT, Office of Public Works and private collections. In 2014 he completed a practice led PhD at Northumbria University on drawing and temporalities. He is the winner of the 2014 Derwent International Drawing Prize and the 2016 AXA Drawing Prize.




Brian Fay - 29 Richmond Avenue, Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland

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                                                                        Selected Solo Shows        

2016                                                            X (IR), nag Gallery, Dublin

2014                                                            Of the Survival of Images (and Objects), nag Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2011                                                            Broken Images or When does Posterity Begin?, Ashford                                                                       Gallery,  Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

2007                                                            Some Time Now, The LAB, Dublin, Ireland, Mermaid Arts                                                                     Center, Wicklow, Ireland, Solstice Arts Centre,Navan, Ireland

2005                                                            Web, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

                                                                    EnCODEd, Project Arts Centre, Dublin

2004                                                            EnCODEd, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland

2000                                                            MORSE, Proposition Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1998                                                            STILL, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland

1997                                                            New Work, The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaion, Dublin, Ireland



Group Shows


2017                               Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland (forthcoming)

                                       The Space Between, Selection from The OPW and Northern Ireland Collection, Oriel Gallery                            Clotworthy House, Antrim, Northern Ireland and The Pearse Museum, Dublin, Ireland


2016                                 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition (Invited Artist), RHA Gallery, Dublin

                                          Open Studio: A Conversation on Drawing, RHA Studios, Dublin, Ireland

                                         Conversations at the Casino, Casino Marino, Dublin, Ireland                 

                                         Portraits of a Nation, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2015                              Drawings: National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland.
                                       Paper Table Wall and After, Gallery North, Newcastle, England
                                      Finders and Keepers: An exhibition of artworks from the State Art Collection, Municipal Gallery,                 
                     DLR Lexicon, Dublin, Ireland 
                     Construct, Luan Gallery, Westmeath, Ireland


                                                                        Paper, wall, table, and after, Taiwan University, Taiwan

                                                                        Finders and Keepers, Lexicon Gallery, Dublin



2014                                                            Paper, wall, table, and after, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle. (2014-15)                                                     Pull, Bite Rally, National College of Art and Design Gallery, Dublin.

                                                                        Derwent Art Prize, Mall Gallery, London

                                                                        Palimpsest II,The Pearse Museum, Dublin.


2013                                                            Motion Capture: Drawing and the Moving Image, Region Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

                                                                        The Palimpsest Project, Tbilisi History Museum, Georgia.

                                                                        Re/TURN, Studio show, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.

                                                                        nag offsite, WickIow, Ireland.


2012                                                            Projet Gutenberg, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France

                                                                        Motion Capture: Drawing and the Moving Image, Lewis                                                                                          Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Cork

                                                                        Launch, nag Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


2011                                                            The 43 Uses of Drawing, Rugby Art Museum, England

                                                                        Pencil to the Plough, Cross Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

                                                                        Fine Lines: a selection from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing,

                                                                        Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

                                                                        Essomenia, The Tea Rooms, Dublin, Ireland

                                                                        Outside the Lines Contemporary Drawing Practices, The Town Hall, Dublin, Ireland

                                                                        New Directions in Drawing symposium and exhibition, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada


2010                                                            Touchstone, Salisbury Art Museum, Salisbury, England

                                                                        Ventral Surface, Oliver Holt Gallery, Dorset, England


2009/10                                                    Into Irish Drawing, Limerick City Gallery Of Art, Ireland, Civic Arts Centre in Hengelo, Holland, Irish Cultural Institute Paris and Millennium Arts Centre Northern Ireland


2008                                                            Other Men’s Flowers, Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane, Ireland

                                                                        Interim Findings, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England

                                                                        Ábhar agus Meon, University College Dublin, Ireland

                                                                        Without the Walls, University of Northampton Gallery, England

                                                                        Recent Aquistions, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

                                                                        Fokatronica, The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland   


2007                                                            (C)Artography, Map Making as Artform, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland.

                                                                        Flatfiling, ArtNews Projects, Berlin, Germany

                                                                        Still Moving, Siamsa Tire, Kerry Film Festival, Kerry, Ireland


2006                                                            The Square Root of Drawing, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland

                                                                        Flatfiles Drawings, Pierogi Gallery, New York, USA

                                                                        Seconds: The Imperfect Artwork, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland


2004                                                            COE 04, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo

2003                                                            Perspective 03, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

                                                                        Roaratorio Multimedia Archive, Roaratorio International Art Festival, Paris, France

                                                                        Haunted, Civl Arts Inquiry, City Arts Centre, Dublin

                                                                        Recontres Internationales, Podweil Contemporary Art Centre, Berlin.

                                                                        US Live, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

                                                                        6x6 for Ireland, the First Annual Exhibiton of Irish Art, 411 Gallery, China and Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai.



Selected Curation


2011                                                            Imaging Madness, Mieke Bal, Broadcast Gallery, DIT Portland Row, Dublin


2009                                                            Lost and Found Group Show, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan


2007                                                            Milestones, Black Church Print Studio, OPW Gallery, Dublin

Pleasures and Days Group Show, The LAB, Dublin



Selected Awards


2014                                                            Winner of the Derwent International Drawing Prize, London.

2011-14                                                     PhD Studentship Award, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

2007                                                            Touring Experiment Visual Arts Award, The Arts Council / An

Chomhairle Ealaíon

2006                                                            Travel Award, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Sabbatical Award, Dublin Institute of Technology

2004                                                            Creative Practice Research Collaboration Award, Dublin Institute of Technology

2003                                                            Creative Practice Research Individual Award, Dublin Institute of Technology

2002                                                            Winner of the Sound and Vision Collaborative Award with composer Donal Siggins, organised by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and the Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland

1999                                                            President Hyde Gold Medal Award Winner, An TOireachatas, Guinness Hopstore, Dublin

                                                                        Materials Grant, The Arts Council/An Chomhailre Ealaion

1997                                                            Nominated for The Victor Tracey Award, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

                                                                        Documentation Grand, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion

1996                                                            Thomas Damman Memorial Trust Travel Award, The Arts Council/An Chomhailre Eolaion and The Arts Council Northern Ireland




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