Liam was born in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny in 1961. He received a scholarship to study Art at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin until 1983. He then left college to take up an apprenticeship potter in Kilkenny. Liam won the Apprentice Ceramic Award at Kilkenny Arts week 1983. He then went onto the Grennan Mill Craft & Design School, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny for one year. His new collection of paintings explore themes of diversity, unity and journeys. The landscape becomes a placeless image, which leaves him great freedom to work. As Liam sees it, the artists job is to always, in each canvas, explore new possibilities and move on beyond the boundaries. His paintings are in private collections in Ireland, Europe and U.S.A. Liam then moved to Dingle, Co. Kerry, and was inspired to paint. Liam's first solo show came directly from his personal experiences of fishing around the Blasket Islands of the Dingle Peninusula. He moved from Dingle to Tinahely Co.Wicklow in 1994, where he now lives, and works from his studio at home.

Liam Holden - Visual Artist

Liam developed a love of the sea that was to have a profound influence on his journey as a painter. Water remains his principal inspiration - horizons, islands, boats and coastlines all feature in his paintings. Liam works intuitively, applying paint in layers to create texture and depth of colour, and will revisit a work time and time again until satisfied with its emotional resonance.

 

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