By Mary Leahy
"I like to treat wood as if it were a malleable material; gently removing the excess from inside, pushing the wood into Fluid Forms"
Liam Flynn (4th April 1969-8th April 2017)
About Liam Flynn
Liam Flynn was an Irish craftsperson of international repute from Abbeyfeale, County Limerick. Working with wood was a family tradition and Liam was quietly dedicated to his craft since childhood, having inherited the workshop of his father and grandfather. Fellow woodturner and friend, Ciarán Forbes, described Liam as "a true artisan-craftsman" with "an unerring sense of line". His turned wood vessels were exhibited throughout Europe and the USA and are included in several major collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), National Museum of Ireland, The Center for Wood Art (USA) and the Scottish National Museum.
About "Fluid Forms - Liam Flynn"
April 8th was the second anniversary of Liam’s death and an opportune time to reflect on his life and work. Fluid Forms will be a high quality hardback publication with over 85 colour images, recognising and celebrating Liam’s achievement in his craft.
The launch will take place in November 2019 at Oliver Sears Gallery with an exhibition of ten selected works by Liam Flynn.
Conceived and developed through friendship, our team felt it was important to celebrate the extraordinary talent of master woodturner and artist Liam Flynn. We are fortunate to have excellent designers, photographers and contributing writers to deliver this project.
Fluid Forms will include essays by Roger Bennett and Yvonne McEnery, and photography by Liam Flynn, Kevin O'Dwyer and Brendan Landy.
A personal note from Mary Leahy
Liam and I walked through life together for seventeen years. I feel the enduring absence every day. Liam’s intelligence and curiosity about life led him to explore so many interests along with craft and art- music, books, politics, history, cycling and fishing. He enriched my world. I look forward to publishing Fluid Forms in recognition of Liam’s accomplishment in his craft, and a life well lived.
Funds received will be used for design, photography, and printing costs. At this time we have raised 12,000 euro towards this limited edition publication. We have a projected a total budget of 20,000 euro and are therefore looking for 8,000 euro to complete the project.
Why Fund it
Liam made his mark internationally, both professionally and personally. Fund it will reach out to friends, colleagues and collectors who have been inspired by his artwork. It will also reach new audiences who are not yet aware of Liam Flynn. Fund it provides an opportunity to pre-order this limited edition publication and support the project.
Thank you for your kind attention. I am grateful to our team for their hard work to date and believe Fluid Forms will be a fitting tribute to Liam Flynn. I invite you to join us in making its completion and production possible.