Visual Arts

Fergus Bourke

Fergus Bourke (1934-2004) was born in Bray, Co. Wicklow, in 1934. His landscape and portrait photography has been widely exhibited in Ireland and the U.S., including at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin; the National Gallery of Ireland; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Manchester Library; Abbey and Peacock Theatres, Dublin; Belltable Gallery, Limerick; and Boston College.

Recent exhibitions include Connemara/Order Out of Chaos, Grainstore Gallery, Galway (1994); a career retrospective at University College Galway (1999); a solo show in Linz, Austria (1999); Around the Bens, new landscapes in Roundstone, Galway (2000); Clifden Arts Festival (2000); Royal Hibernian Academy (2001); Landscapes of Ireland, Burlington, Vermont (2001); Under Connemara Skies, Foxford Mills, Mayo (2002).

He published a book of portraits, Kindred, in 1996, and recently collaborated with writer John O’Donoghue on two books, Landscapes of the Soul (2000) and Connemara Blues (2001). The Soul of Ireland, a book collecting Bourke’s photographs from the late 1960s to the present, was published in Germany in autumn 2002. Seven of his photographs are held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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