World Illustration Awards 2016- Winner
Brian Gallagher was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1967. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration from the Bristol Polytechnic, Brian has enjoyed a successful career as a professional illustrator and fine artist. His work has appeared in all areas of design including magazines, newspapers, book publishing and advertising.
His many clients include Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Walker Books, Oxford University Press, Random House, Longmans, Orion Publishing, Evening Standard, The National Trust.
He shows his work regularly with the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy in their annual exhibitions.
Brian is a member and past committee member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and has lived and worked in Dublin for the past 18 years.
I am especially drawn to using linocut and then scraperboard , a skill I developed through the tutoring of wood engraver Peter Reddick at Art College in Bristol.
My work is figurative, graphic and based on drawing. Painting and drawing from life and the model is a core activity.
Scraperboard is a Sgraffito medium – the process I practice is the reverse from usual mark making. I begin with a black board and gradually remove parts of it’s thin dark surface to reveal the white china clay beneath. The result is a unique original piece, not a print.