Orla de Brí
Born in Dublin Orla De Brí has been working from her purpose built studio in Co Meath, Ireland for the last 20 years. She works with a number of different materials such as bronze, steel, stone, fibreglass and recently photography. De Brí ‘s work explores and analyses the human response to other people and their connection to their surroundings and her use of unusual materials in achieving this is one of the reasons her work is so popular among so many. She uses highly stylised figures as instruments of discovery often occurring in groups where the individuals interact and observe each other. The solitary figures often commune with abstract shapes or elements from nature. The strongest themes throughout her work revolve around communication and interaction.
“Human evolution and development are of great interest to me. How we analyse ourselves, relate to other people, and how we connect with our surroundings is always explored in my work. I bring subjects and materials together that on first glance seem incompatible. The process of making a sculpture is something I really enjoy; it begins with a thought or a feeling then a drawing, followed by the physical aspect of constructing the piece.
I don’t try and analyse where these thoughts and feelings come from, I just go with them and images emerge and become three-dimensional pieces.
Combining Steel with diamonds, or fibreglass with polished bronze, always intrigued with juxtaposed ideas and textures. I try to seek a different perspective on life, love and the self, sometimes sculpting my own emotional landscape”
De Brí ‘s work is in many public collections, including: Bank of Ireland, Aer Rianta, American Airlines, Dublin City University and University College Cork and Office of Public Works. Her work is also in many private collections internationally including Hilary Swank, Christina Applegate, HRH Princess Anne, Jerry Hall and Bishop Tutu.
GUIDE PRICES -£2800 – £10,000 small works