Five Decades. 1960s – 2000s

By: Brian Bourke

Publication Date: July 2010


The book contains writings by Seamus Heaney, Frances Ruane, Carlos Garcia-Monzon, Eva Bourke, Frankie Gavin, Rosemarie Noone, James McKenna, Desmond Egan, Patrick Murphy & Frank McGuinness. It is lavishly illustrated & surveys the entire career of this distinguished artist. Edited by Brian Bourke.

This large-format 320-page book was designed by Tony O’Hanlon (Propeller), and published in two editions:

A standard edition in hardback at 70 Euro
A limited, numbered edition (50 copies hors commerce), presented in a slipcase, together with a specially commissioned, signed lithograph, at 250 euro.

“The artist has a wild, urban, tinker-boy energy which pours through all his work, gorgeously reproduced in Lilliput Press’s Brian Bourke, Five Decades. The Bourke characteristics — images speared within an oval, vibrant landscapes, single-figure portraits, dizzying, vertiginous intensity lit with Van Gogh colours — are all here… With its imprimatur from Seamus Heaney and rich production values from Lilliput, (Five Decades) would make a wonderful present for someone special… This book was a two-year labour of love (much of the labour by Jay), and designed by Galway based, award-winning designer Tony O’Hanlon, of Propeller. With its imprimatur from Seamus Heaney and rich production values from Lilliput, it would make a wonderful present for someone special. Well done to all.”Rosita Sweetman, The Independent.


Brian Bourke is an Irish artist who was born in 1936 in Dublin. In 1965 he won the Arts Council Prize for Portraiture, and represented Ireland in the Biennale de Paris of that year. He currently lives in the west of Ireland.





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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 250 × 290 mm
Publication Date

July 2010


Hardback with illustrations, 319pp