David Lilburn is an Irish artist and printmaker and an occasional publisher and designer.
He studied history at Trinity College Dublin, and art at the Scuole Istituto Statale D’Arte, Urbino, and Limerick School of Art and Design.
He is a member of Limerick Printmakers, an associate member of Cork Printmakers and a Trustee of the National Self-Portrait Collection.
Together with artist and writer Jim Savage, he runs ‘Occasional Press’ which publishes art-based books.
Recent Exhibitions include: Italian-Irish Connections / Stampa Ora, touring Italy, Ireland, 2018; Killaloe, Killaloe Music Festival, 2017; RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, annually inc. 2018; 25, with Cork Printmakers, City Hall, Cork, 2016; 15th Lessedra World Art Print Annual-Mini Print Exhibition, 2016, Bulgaria; with Limerick Printmakers at Impact 9, Hangzhou, China, 2016; International Print Triennial – Krakow, Poland, 2015; XII International Graphic Art Biennial Drypoint, Uzice, Serbia; 2015; Voyage Boxed, Canada, US, UK, Norway and travelling.
Recent commissions include: You are here, a site integrated sculptural installation in collaboration with architect Jan Frohburg, In progress, Client: Galway County Council; ‘Farther Away and Nearer Still’ for ’1916 Ireland in Contemporary Art – Éire 1916 san Ealaín Chomhaimseartha’, A multi-disciplinary art exhibition in response to 1916 and the events of the past 100 years and Watermark, to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, 2014.
Recent awards: Eli Lily Purchase Prize, 25 Cork City Hall, 2016, King and Piercy Mid-Career Award, Impressions, 2012, Galway, curator/adjudicator Norman Ackroyd, and Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, 2011.
'Mapping', explored through the language and process of drawing and printmaking, is the central theme in my work. For the last number of years I have been exploring the medium of drypoint, in it's own and in combination with other media.
Date of Birth 1950
1972-1996, Art and Design, LSAD, Dip AD 1969-73, MA History and Political Science, TCD 1972, Scuole D`Arte, Urbino
'In full flight', Chris Doswell Gallery, Limerick, 2000 'Usurpers Habit', galway Art's centre, Bourn Vincent Gallery, Limerick, Siamsa Tiré, Tralee, 1998/99 'Prints', Magione, Italy, 1995 'Lets take a walk and other prints', Chris Doswell Gallery, Limerick Andiamo Passiagare, Pallazo della Penna, Perugia, Italy, 1994, ' Homeground', Monoprints by David Lilburn, National Touring Exibition, Limerick, Ennis, Galway, Waterford, Dundalk, Dublin, 1991
Recent Commissions include James Joyce Ulysses Exhibition, National Library, Kildare Street, instalation date 16th June 2004; Two commissionns for Limerick County Courthouse, Client: Limerick County Council. 1 Installed December 2002 2 Installation date march/April 2003 “artist’s map” of Omagh. Client: Omagh 2010. completed in June, 2002. 'Map for City Hall.' Client: Dublin Corporation Installed September 2000. 'Coastline' A work for the Irish Pavillion for Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany. Client: Office of Public Works,. Installation date July 2000. 'bosca', a limited edition (100) books, irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick, Client: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin UL. Completed 2000 Recent group exhibitions 2003/4 50/50 TBG&S, Dublin; Limerick printmakers, Limerick 2003 RHA, Dublin; Cork printmakers, New Works 2003. Cork; Wexford, Limerick; ' 14 artists ONE place'. Holter Gallery Montana, 2002 ' Line, Exploration'. Lavitt Gallery, Cork; RHA, Dublin; 20/20 TBG&S, Dublin, Folio 2002, Cork Printmakers; Art+Action, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin RHA, Dublin 2001 'Working against the void', an exhibition interpreting the poetry of Padraic Fallon, Athenry; "Focus on drawing", the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Crawford Gallery, Cork , NCAD Dublin; RHA annual show Dublin; 'As I see myself'; an exhibition held in conjunction with the National Self-Portrait Collection, UL. Hunt Museum, Limerick. Limerick Print, Limerick.
2002, Michael Byrne Award, (print) administered by the Arts council 2001 Mary Farl Powers printmaking Award, administered by the Arts council 2000 Visual Arts Bursary, administered by the Arts council 2000 First prize, limerick mini print Exhibition, curated by paul O'Reilly 1997 Materials grant, administered by the Arts council 1996/95/94 Artflight administered by the Arts council 1994, Arts Council Documentation Grant 1984, Graphic Prize, Limerick Exibition of Visual Art, Selector Peter Fuller 1997, Setanta Gallery Award, Listowel 111 1993, Kaleidoscope (EU) Award to Art Network Europe Arts Council travel grant for 'On Tour' 1990, Arts Council to Home Ground Travelling Exibition
OPW,Dublin City Council, University of Limerick, NUI Cork.National Collection of Artists Books Collection, National College of Art and Design, Dublin National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick, AIB, Bank, Limerick City Gallery,Private Collections
Societies Limerick printmakers Cork printmakers