Visual Arts

Michael Bulfin

Born in Birr, Co. Offaly in 1939, he was educated at University College Dublin and Yale University. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1971. He held solo shows at the Project Arts Centre at its former Dublin locations in Abbey Street and South King Street. His work has appeared in many group exhibitions including the Irish Exhibition of Living Art; Oireachtas Exhibition; Independent Artists; Aos Óg, Paris (1973); Cork ROSC (1980); A Sense of Ireland, London (1980); many Sculptors’ Society of Ireland exhibitions; Skulptur Biennale, King’s Garden, Copenhagen (1990); and Parable Island, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (1991). He is a trained environmental scientist, and has contributed pieces to several environmental art and land art projects, including West Cork Sculpture Trail; Slate Quarries Sculpture Symposium, Kilkenny; Kraakamarken ‘Art in Nature’, Aarhus, Denmark; Castlewellan Forest Park, Northern Ireland; Tír Sáile, Mayo 5000 Sculpture Symposium and most recently Sculpture in Woodland, at Devil’s Glen, Co. Wicklow. He has won a number of competitions for public sculpture commissions, including Bank of Ireland Baggot Street, Castlebar Roundabout, and South Dublin County Council Offices, Tallaght. His competition-winning piece A Walk Among Stone in Ballymun, Dublin, won the Concrete Society of Ireland Sculpture Award in 1990. He served as chairman of the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland (1984-1992) and of Project Arts Centre (1972-76), and he has been on the committees of various public art institutions.

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