Brian McCarthy (b. 1960) is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Working exclusively in oils, vibrant colours, realism, and trompe l’oeil are central to his work.
Brian’s career began in 1981 when a self-portrait sold at the Douglas Hyde Gallery’s Living Art Exhibition. Since then, he has undertaken numerous commissions and in 2019 was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize hosted by the National Gallery of Ireland for his portrait of RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy. This same portrait was subsequently exhibited in the Crawford Gallery in Cork.
In 2010, Brian’s exhibition Boomtown sold out within days of opening and received widespread media attention for accurately capturing Ireland’s mood following the banking crisis. Venetian carnival masks were the focus of Brian’s equally successful Masquerade exhibition in 1996 launched by the late Charles J. Haughey. Acclaimed by critics and collectors alike, it was described by writer Michael O’Sullivan as: “A profound expression of painterly accomplishment and excellence.”
Elsewhere, his intricately detailed paintings have been included in numerous group shows at commercial galleries in Ireland and the UK, as well as the Royal Hibernian Academy’s annual exhibitions over many years. Fine art auctioneers, such as Christie’s in London, along with Adam’s and Whyte’s in Dublin, regularly feature his work at auction, and his paintings are held in numerous national and international private and corporate collections.