David Lilburn is an Irish artist and printmaker and an occasional publisher and designer.
His work, which includes many public commissions,
often uses the concept of mapping to explore ideas of memory and identity and to create a sense of place in images rich in narrative detail. 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, A collaborative exhibition project between the Association Nazionale Incisori Contemporanei & Cork Printmakers, touring to Treviso, Sardinia, Cork and Waterford, 2018, curated by Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints, at The National Gallery of Ireland; LP at 20, an Exhibition of New Prints, Hunt Museum, Limerick. 2019; State of Print, curated by Limerick Printmakers, at Encuetro y Conferencia Internacional Multidisciplinar de Grafica / Impact 10, Santander 2018; Ambaixada de Barcelona, Espai Cultural EINA, Barcelona, 2018; Biennial Mini Print, Impact 10, Santander 2018; The Naked Truth, Crawford Gallery Cork, 2018; Léargas, Connemara Observed, Clifden Arts Festival 2018.
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.
Works by David Lilburn are included in a number of Public Collections, including The National Gallery of Ireland, 2019.
…Lilburn’s work has often taken the form of map-like drawings, dispatches from the front-line of his life…His way of working always creates a way in, a conceptual space for us, the viewers.
Aidan Dunne, Irish Times September 2018