Tom Phelan was born in Dublin and educated at Blackrock College and Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. In 1997 he was awarded one of nine international scholarships in Graphic Arts at Il Bisonte, Florence, Italy by S.D. Aerospace Design, Tokyo, Japan. He has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 1992, was the Studio Manager and Master Printmaker from 2004 until 2007. Phelan has worked as an editioning printmaker and technician with artists such as Louis Le Brocquy, A.R. Penck, Michael Farrell, Tony O’Malley, Barry Flanagan and Donald Teskey. He is currently a freelance master printmaker and painter, and the head lecturer in printmaking at the Vienna Art School (Kunstschule) in Vienna, Austria.