POETS + ARTISTS

Irish Poets

Discover the famous poets of Ireland

W.B. Yeats

(1865 – 1939)

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State.

Yeats belonged to the Protestant, Anglo-Irish minority that had controlled the economic, political, social, and cultural life of Ireland since at least the end of the 17th century.

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland, on September 24, 1944. Her father was a diplomat and her mother was an expressionist painter. At the age of six, Boland moved with her family to London, where she first encountered anti-Irish sentiment. She later returned to Dublin for school, and she received her B.A. from Trinity College in 1966. She was also educated in London and New York.

Eavan Boland

(1944 – Current)

Eavan Boland is an Irish poet, author, and professor. She is currently a professor at Stanford University, where she has taught since 1996. Her work deals with the Irish national identity, and the role of women in Irish history.

Oscar Wilde

(1854 – 1900)

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Author Oscar Wilde was known for his acclaimed works including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for homosexuality.

Joyce is one of Ireland’s most influential and celebrated writers. His most famous work is Ulysses (1922) which follows the movements of Leopold Bloom through a single day on June 16th, 1904. Ulysses is based on Homer’s The Odyssey.

James Joyce

(1882 – 1941)

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century.

Irish Artists

Discover the great creative artists of Ireland

Jack B. Yeats

(1871 – 1957)

John Butler Yeats RHA was an Irish artist and Olympic medalist. W. B. Yeats was his brother. Butler’s early style was that of an illustrator; he only began to work regularly in oils in 1906.

Jack began his artistic career, in the 1890s, as a black and white journalistic illustrator for various publications, alongside carrying out design work for Allen and Sons in Manchester. Following his move to Devon with Cottie in 1897, however, Jack decided to focus on working in watercolour, holding his first exhibition of watercolours, of Devon life, at the Clifford Gallery, London in 1897. 

Bacon served as attorney general and Lord Chancellor of England, resigning amid charges of corruption. His more valuable work was philosophical. Bacon took up Aristotelian ideas, arguing for an empirical, inductive approach, known as the scientific method, which is the foundation of modern scientific inquiry.

Francis Bacon

(1909 – 1992)

Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his emotionally charged raw imagery and fixation on personal motifs.

Sean Scully

(1945 – Currently)

Sean Scully RA is an Irish-born American-based painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. His work is held in major museum collections worldwide.

By the age of 9, Scully knew he wanted to become an artist, and from the age of 15 until he was 17, Scully was apprenticed at a commercial printing shop in London as a typesetter, an experience that greatly influenced the art to come.

 Over her career, she was associated with many notable European artists of her era, including Kathleen Scott, Adrienne Gorska, Le Corbusier, and Jean Badovici, with whom she was romantically involved. 

Eileen Gray

(1879 – 1976)

Eileen Gray was an Irish architect and furniture designer and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture.

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