Wild Thing, Kinsale (detail), drypoint, watercolour chine collé, 63 x63 cms.

…Lilburn’s work has often taken the form of map-like drawings, dispatches from the front-line of his life…His way of working always creates a way in, a conceptual space for us, the viewers.

Aidan Dunne, Irish Times September 2018


David Lilburn is an Irish artist and printmaker and an occasional publisher and designer.
He studied history at Trinity College Dublin, and art at the Scuole Istituto Statale D’Arte, Urbino, and Limerick School of Art and Design.
He is a member of Limerick Printmakers, an associate member of Cork Printmakers and a Trustee of the National Self-Portrait Collection.

Recent Exhibitions include:

The Mouth of a Shark, Edinburgh Printmakers, 2019; Impressions Printmaking Biennial 2019, curated by Ian Ritchie CBE RA, Galway; Lessedra 18th World Art Print Annual Mini Print Exhibition, Bulgaria, 2019; 14th International graphic Art Biennial Dry Point 2019, Uzice, Serbia; 19th International Biennial of Engraving Sarcelles, France, 2019; Discover Print 19, Greenacres, Wexford, 2019, Cork Printmakers at the Lavitt, Cork; Limerick printmakers at 20, Hunt Museum in Limerick, Luan Gallery in Athlone 2019/20.

Italian-Irish Connections / Stampa Ora, A collaborative exhibition project between the Association Nazionale Incisori Contemporanei & Cork Printmakers, touring to Treviso, Sardinia, Cork and Waterford, 2018, curated by Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints, at The National Gallery of Ireland; State of Print curated by Limerick Printmakers, at Encuetro y Conferencia Internacional Multidisciplinar de Grafica / Impact 10, Santander 2018;, Ambaixada de Barcelona, Espai Cultural EINA, Barcelona, 2018,  Biennial Mini Print, Impact 10, Santander 2018; The Naked Truth, Crawford Gallery Cork, 2018 and Léargas, Connemara Observed, Clifden Arts Festival 2018.

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, 2018; Killaloe, Killaloe Music Festival, 2017; 25, with Cork Printmakers, City Hall, Cork, 2016; Lessedra World Art Print Annual-Mini Print Exhibition, 2016, Bulgaria; with Limerick Printmakers at Impact 9, Hangzhou, China, 2016; International Print Triennial – Krakow, Poland, 2015; XII International Graphic Art Biennial Drypoint, Uzice, Serbia; 2015;  Voyage Boxed, Canada, US, UK, Norway and travelling.

Recent commissions include: You are here, a site integrated sculptural installation in collaboration with architect Jan Frohburg, In-progress, Client: Galway County Council. In collaboration with the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar, an exhibition of work arising from this project will be shown in the Museum in 2020/2021; ‘Farther Away and Nearer Still’ for ’1916 Ireland in Contemporary Art – Éire 1916 san Ealaín Chomhaimseartha’, A travelling multi-disciplinary art exhibition in response to 1916 and the events of the past 100 years, and Watermark, to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, 2014.

Recent awards: Eli Lily Purchase Prize, 25 Cork City Hall, 2016, King and Piercy Mid-Career Award, Impressions, 2012, Galway, curator/adjudicator Norman Ackroyd, and Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, 2011.

Public Collections
Work is represented in many public collections including recent acquisitions by the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, California; the National Gallery of Ireland and L’ Associatiazione Nazonale Incisori Contemporanei, Italy.


David Lilburn
6 Stonetown Terrace
O’Callaghan Strand


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