Liam Flynn

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Liam Flynn was a self-taught woodturner based in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He created distinctive, exquisitely formed hand turned vessels. He worked with unseasoned wood which allowed the forms to change shape as they dried. A keen understanding of the complexities of the materials and how they would dry informed his prediction of the resulting line, surface and tone of the object. Working with oaks, ash and sycamore, Flynn’s focus was always on creating symmetry between the grain pattern and the shape of the vessel.

Selected Exhibitions


Spin, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

Taste Contemporary Craft, Geneva, Switzerland.

Gallery Ten, Edinburgh (4 person group show).

Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.



Portfolio Selected Works, RHA, Dublin.

Vase, Vessel, Void, represented by Myerscough Gallery.

Five into Four, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.



Ingrained, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Common Ground, Oxford Ceramics Gallery

SOFA Chicago, represented by Myerscough Gallery.

Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery.



New Works in Wood‘ Solo Exhibition, Beaux Arts, Bath

Design Days Dubai, represented by Sarah Myerscough

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London



Retrospective and New, Hunt Museum, Limerick

Dubh, American Irish Historical Society, New York

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London

SOFA NY, represented by Sara Myerscough Fine Art



Material Poetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York.

New Wood Vessels, (solo exhibition) Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.

Collectors of Wood Art special exhibit, SOFA Chicago.

Turned Wood, Sarah Myescough Fine Art

Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery



Wood Willow Paper, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Modern Masters, Munich International Trade Fair

Bluecoat Display Centre, In the Window

Vessel, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art

Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery



Into the Woods, Bamford/ Myerscough Fine Art.

SOFA Chicago, represented by National Craft Gallery/del Mano Gallery

Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK

New Masters of Woodturning, Nina Bliese Gallery, Minneapolis MN

Wood Takes Root, St. George Art Museum, Utah

Masterwork – Objets de créateurs européens (organized by World Crafts Council – Europe) Viaduc des Arts , Paris

Collect, V&A Museum London. Represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles.

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale AZ, represented by del Mano Gallery.

Turning Wood into Art 2008, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art. London

Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, UK



Side by Side, Hunt Museum,Limerick

SOFA Chicago Represented by National Crafts Gallery/del Mano Gallery

Best of European Contemporary Craft, Luxembourg

Ecology, Mythology and Technology, National Crafts Gallery

Eblana Gallery, Dublin

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (solo show)

SOFA New York, Represented by del Mano Gallery

Les Bols d’Exception, Gallerie Terra Viva, France



Carlin Gallery, Paris. (two man show)

Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

Allturnatives Form and Spirit, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA. USA

SOFA Chicago, represented by the National Crafts Gallery, Ireland

Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art.

Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, UK

Turned and Sculpted Wood 2006, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

Swedish – Irish Crafts with a modern twist, Misery Hill Art Gallery, Dublin

Collectors Event, Hunt Museum, Limerick



Small is Beautiful, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Innovations, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA.

Forty Shades of Green, Glucksman Gallery, Cork. (Crafts Council of Ireland touring exhibition.)

Collect, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, represented by Sarah Myerscough Fine Art

Christmas Design Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

Collectors @ the Hunt Museum, Limerick

Turning Wood into Art 2005, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

Collectors Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival

National Crafts Gallery Review 00 – 04, Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny

Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles.



Art Vessels, Plateaux Gallery, London. (Solo Show)

Turned and Sculpted Wood 2004, del Mano Gallery,

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, ( Guest Artist Program)

Turning around the World 2004, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA.

SOFA Chicago/New York, represented by del Mano Gallery.

Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, represented by Sarah Myerscough.

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. (Solo Show)

Turning wood into Art, Sarah Myerscough, London

Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery.

Against the Grain, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, UK

Connecting with the Vessel, Platform Gallery, Lancashire, UK

Fine Forms, Eigse Carlow Arts Festival



SOFA Chicago, with del Mano Gallery.

Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA

Turning around the World, Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe , NM, with del Mano Gallery

Turned Wood 2003, del Mano, Los Angeles.

Selected Works, del Mano, Los Angeles.

Kenwood House Crafts, London

New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, UK



Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (solo show)

Formes, Carlin Gallery, Paris

Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

Vessel, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London



The National Museum of Ireland

Woodworks, the City Gallery, Leicester, Uk

A Close Shave, Grace Barrand Design Centre, UK

Chelsea Crafts Fair



Sotheby’s Contemporary Decorative Arts, London

Cloud Nine Gallery, Zurich

Kunstlokaal 11, The Netherlands

Wood from the Trees, Whichcraft Gallery, Dublin

Chelsea Crafts Fair

Christmas Present, Shipley Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear



Vessel, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

Carlin Gallery, Paris.

Flow Gallery, London

Chelsea Crafts Fair

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

20th Century Art Fair, New York, represented by Michael Goedhuis.



Turned Wood Vessels, Dolmen Gallery, Limerick, (Solo Show)



Joining Forces, Oxford Gallery



A Renaissance of Irish Craft, Philadelphia. (Crafts Council of Ireland Exhibition)



Turning to Fibre, Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee. (Two man show with Fibre Artist Seamus McGuinness)



Blackened Wood, Oxford Gallery

Taipei International Exhibition of Arts, Taipei



Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

Western Winds, Hitchcocks, Bath, UK



2005 Inaugural winner, Crafts Council of Ireland Bursary award.

1989 – 91, 1994. 1997-99 and 2001. Royal Dublin Society, First Prize, Turned Wood, National Crafts Competition.

1997 Crafts Council of Ireland Award

1996 California Gold Medal





Resident Fellow, International Turners Exchange, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA.



Cill Rialaig , Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry


Public Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.

National Museum of Ireland.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia PA.

Limerick City Art Gallery.

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK.

Crafts Council of Ireland

Royal Dublin Society

Department of Foreign Affairs Collection


Selected Publications

Liam Flynn Retrospective, Hunt Museum 2011

Conversations with Wood, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2011

Irish Arts Review, Vol 28 Issue 3, Autumn 2011

New Masters of Woodturning, Fox Chapel Publishing 2008

Ateliers d’Art, no. 63 May/June 2006

Turning Points, Vol 17 no. 2, Winter 2005. Wood Turning Centre Publications

Irish Arts Review, Vol 21 Issue 3, Autumn 2004, 20th Anniversary Edition

500 Wood Bowls