Brian O’Loughlin | Irish Bog Oak
Sculptor, artist and shaper of ancient material for modern environments, Brian O Loughlin grew up on the edge of a bog that delivered up its secrets for him to re-imagine and reinterpret for our times.
Bog oak is a precious and ancient material, formed thousands of years ago when the great oak forests of Celtic Ireland were subsumed into peat bogs.
Brian individually, carefully and sympathetically hand crafts each art piece to accentuate the natural flow and form of the wood, hidden from our eyes for thousands of years. Each piece is carved, pared and whittled to release its hidden beauty from below the dark, damp, husky exterior and then fine sanded and finished with a coat of quality wax polish, ready for you to enjoy its character, history and beauty. In the words of Hans Hoffman, “eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary can speak”.
Brian’s work spans small awards to monumental road art (Passage, Dublin-Galway M6) and he is also available for commissions. You can view his work at his studio in Rathangan (by appointment), Kildare Gallery Carton House, The Whitethorn Gallery Clifden and Adrigole Arts West Cork.