Blaise Drummond was born to Irish parents in Liverpool in 1967 and studied Philosophy and Classical Art at the University of Edinburgh before attending the National College of Art and Design in Dublin for a BA in Fine Art Painting and the History of Art. In 1998 he graduated with an MA in Fine Art Painting from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.
His work, mostly realised in the form of painting, drawing and sculpture/installation, is centred around ideas of the natural world, landscape and its representation, architecture and design. His influences include 1960s American land art, punk rock, the characteristic architecture of Le Corbusier and Alvar Alto, the notes made by writer Henry D. Thoreau during his stay at Walden, and the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich. These sources of inspiration may at first glance seem widely disparate, but all are concerned with contradictions between nature and culture, i.e. the civilised versus the uncontrollable. In 2006 he began an on-going collaboration on a body of printed work with the American-born, Paris based publisher and master printer, Michael Woolworth. He has also been producing editions with Stoney Road Press in Dublin since 2014.
He has had numerous exhibitions in galleries around the world and a number of museum shows dedicated to his work, including the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany in 2009 and Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, France in 2006. Recent projects include collaborations with the Italian design company, Magis and with Louis Vuitton on the artist book, The Arctic, and the public art commission, A New Path to the Waterfall, for the Children’s Hospital at the Royal London, UK. He is currently working on an artist book project titled Know Your Trees, based on Virgil’s Georgics, with Michael Woolworth and a suite of new editions with Stoney Road Press in Dublin. His next solo exhibition, A Liquid Note in Spring, will be at Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris in November 2022.
His work is held in numerous museum, public and private collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, the British Council, the British Government Collection, Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Fond Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Musee de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne and Louis Vuitton Paris.
He lives in the centre of rural Ireland in Tang, County Westmeath where he tends his garden with his wife, Síabhra Durcan and four children, Sonny, Bea, Arthur and Søren.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 A Liquid Note in Spring, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris
2019 Chagrin Falls, Engage, Galway
2019 Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris
2018 A History of Hope, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris
2015 LA LUMIÉRE DU NORD [NORTH LIGHT], Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris
2013 Great Nature, Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf
Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 Decennium, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2022 Páipéar, Hang Tough Contemporary, Dublin
2021 Stoney Road Press:Twenty Years – A Survey, Ballinglen Museum of Art
2020 The Painting People, Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris
2019 Winter Garden, Lyndsey Ingram
2017 Lignes de Crête – Visions Contemporaines de la Montagne Maison forte de Hautetour, Saint-Gervais- les-Bains, France
2017 Encore Sous Pression, Retrospective of Atelier Michael Woolworth at Le Centre de la Gravure et l’Image Imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium
2016 What if We Got it Wrong – Touring show F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge: Wexford Arts Centre: Leitrim Sculpture Centre: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen.
2016 The Lure Of The Landscape, Stoney Road Press, Dublin
2016 Airmail, Assab One, Milan
2015 Re-Corbusier, Foundation Le Corbusier, Paris
2015 Enchanted Landscapes, The Curator Gallery Multiplied at Christie’s South Kensington, Stoney Road Press
2014 Les Horizons, La Criée, Rennes
2013 Folly – Art after Architecture, Glucksman Gallery, Cork