Tom Byrne






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Tom Byrne – Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin. Acrylic on canvas 60x60cm

Tom Byrne – The Artist on Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin
Acrylic on canvas 70x60cm

Tom Byrne – Katie Taylor. Acrylic on canvas 60x50cm.

“Nick Cave” (acrylic on canvas 52x40cm)

“Powerscourt Gardens” (acrylic on canvas 50x60cm)

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Dublin Bay (acrylic on canvas)

“The Artist’s Model, Greystones” (acrylic on canvas 30x40cm)

“Seamus Heaney” – Green. (acrylic on canvas 50x50xm)

“Seamus Heaney” – Red (acrylic on canvas 40x40cm)

“Galway Bay” – Abstract (acrylic on canvas 30x35cm)

“Abstract 1” (acrylic on canvas)

“Abstract 2” (acrylic on canvas)

“Art is Dangerous” (acrylic on canvas)

“The Artist’s Son” (acrylic on canvas)

“Best Pals” (acrylic on canvas)

“Bono” (acrylic on canvas 100x100cm)

“Bono” (acrylic on canvas)

“Cottage and Sunset” (acrylic on canvas)

“The Couple” (acrylic on canvas)

“Courtney Love” (acrylic on canvas)

“District Circle – Seamus Heaney” (acrylic on canvas)

“Dreamer” (acrylic on canvas)

“Dubliners – Araby” (acrylic on canvas)

“Falling Down, Growing Up (from ‘Everything gonna be alright’ series) (acrylic on canvas)

“Figures and Pigs” (acrylic on canvas)

“Ian Paisley” (acrylic on canvas)

“Kitchen Antics” (acrylic on canvas)

“Kurt Kobain” (acrylic on canvas)

“Louis LeBrocquy” (acrylic on canvas)

“Lovers by the Pier” (acrylic on canvas)

“Lovers by the Sea” (acrylic on canvas)

“Lovers under a Tree” (acrylic on canvas)

“Madonna and Child 1” (acrylic on canvas)

“Madonna and Child 2” (acrylic on canvas)

“Man and Cottage” (acrylic on canvas)

“Man with Horse” (acrylic on canvas)

“Moulin Rouge” (mixed media)

“Moulin Rouge” (mixed media)

“Nick Cave” (acrylic on canvas)

“Padraig Harrington” (graphite on paper)

“Padraig Harrington” (acrylic on canvas)

“Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow” (acrylic on canvas)

“Ronnie Drew” (acrylic on canvas 61x51cm)

“Samuel Beckett” (acrylic on canvas)

“Samuel Beckett” (acrylic on canvas)

“Sean Og O’Hailpin” (acrylic on canvas)

“Sunshine on a Rainy Day” (acrylic on canvas)

“Swans on the Lake”, Wicklow” (acrylic on canvas)

“The Honeymoon” (acrylic on canvas)

“The Town Bride” (acrylic on canvas)

“U2” (yellow) (acrylic on canvas)

“Portrait of Charlie Brady” (acrylic on canvas)

“Untitled 1” (acrylic on canvas)

“Untitled 5” (acrylic on canvas)

“Untitled 7” (acrylic on canvas)

“Wicklow Series” (acrylic on canvas)

“Pie Bald Horses” (graphite on paper)

“Serenade” (acrylic on canvas)

“Artist’s family celebrating Love” (acrylic on canvas)

“The Muse” (acrylic on canvas)

“Untitled 7” (acrylic on canvas)

“Once” (acrylic on canvas 100x100cm)

“Obama” (acrylic on canvas 100x100cm)

“Samuel Beckett” (acrylic on canvas)

“Bono and Ali” (acrylic on canvas 53x74cm). ****Stolen from the gallery in 2019. As of yet this has not been recovered.****

“Portrait of a Man” (acrylic on canvas 76x100cm)

“Patrick Collins” (mixed media on paper 25x35cm)

"Untitled IV."
“Untitled 2” (acrylic on canvas)

“Lovers along the Ha’Penny Bridge” (acrylic on canvas)

“Literary Ireland” (acrylic on canvas 56x107cm)

“Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack” (acrylic on canvas102x76cm)

“Wondering” (acrylic on canvas 50x50cm)

“Absent Love” (acrylic on canvas 70x90cm)

“Abstract” (acrylic on canvas 35x30cm)

“Beyonce” (acrylic on canvas 76x61cm)

“Blue Moon” (acrylic on canvas 90x60cm)

“The Happy Couple” (acrylic on canvas)

“Franci Bacon” (acrylic on canvas)

“James Joyce and Nora Barnacle at Sandymount” (acrylic on canvas 53x74cm)

“Larry Mullen” (acrylic on canvas 50x40cm)

“LeBroquey and Bacon” (acrylic on canvas 60x160cm)

“Louis LeBroquey” (acrylic on canvas 90x64cm)

“Man’s best friend” (acrylic on board 50x50cm)

“Meditation” (acrylic on canvas 30x30cm)

“Pearse Street Train Station, Dublin” (acrylic on canvas 80x60cm)

“Rock” (acrylic on canvas 46x44cm)

“Giovanni Trapattoni” (acrylic on canvas)

“Two Fish” (acrylic on canvas 46x61cm)


Byrne was born in Dublin in 1962. He studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, where he trained in the Bauhaus tradition. His strong interest in current affairs together with his punk mentality have blended to create an artist in tune with the world around him – who depicts the controversies in Irish politics with a commanding, humorous outlook. Byrne is strongly influenced by Walpole’s remark; “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” Byrne catches the great and the good of the day, their foibles and their achievements and their failures – always portrayed with humor and sarcasm.

In recent years, Tom Byrne has been represented at Art Expo New York, Art Sydney Australia and the Beijing Art Salon China.


Many of Tom Byrne’s works demonstrate a kinesthetic quality, engaging the viewer on just a visual level, but also on a tactile plane. He invites you, the viewer, to forget the established norm of “look but don’t touch” and instead to reach out and experience his pictures with senses other than your eyes.

Tom Byrne is emerging in the Irish Art Scene as one of the hottest new painters around. Classically trained but with a ‘punk’ mentality to his muse, Byrne portraits a world that is as fantastic as it is rooted in the life of modern Ireland. His explorations of the aftermath of the Celtic Tiger with its new found fascination with sex and money are riveting.

Tom has an innate skill which enables him to engage the viewer with his figurative paintings. He achieves this by allowing the figures to exude character. They create curiosity in the viewer as they often glance sideways or stare straight out of the painting. This contact causes a relationship between the viewer and the painting and it results in luring the viewer towards unveiling the emotional depth that is contained within his work. This proves very interesting as his figures relay a wide scope of emotions. Some screams out of the paintings as they are trapped inside and are trying to break free through the canvas. Others confined by alternative means – such as their shy nature or their overwhelming sense of awkwardness which isolates them from their surroundings. These contrast with the figures that float within their space and effortlessly radiate confidence and a sense of present.

Artist Tom Byrne (left) with Frank O’Dea