Denis Brown's work stems from ancient traditions of manuscript writing, and he has engaged with these since his early teens. Rigorous formal training in traditional calligraphy at London's Roehampton Institute has formed a strong foundation for later experimental work. His work explodes from and extends traditions of calligraphy in the form of innovative works of art. Widely traveled with his work, he has lectured on four continents, and is internationally recognized as a world leader in the field of Letter Arts.
Date of Birth: 1968, Dublin, Ireland
Diploma in Advanced Calligraphy, Roehampton Institute, London,1986-1989.
Distinctions & Fellowships
Honoured Fellowship of Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society UK (HFCLAS),
Honorary membership of Hong Kong Letter Arts Club.
Honorary membership of Alpha Beta Club, Hong Kong.
Fellowship of Society of Scribes and Illuminators UK, (FSSI), awarded 1988, since resigned.
European Parliament, Strasbourg & Brussels; British Library, London; Newberry Library Chicago; San Francisco Public Library; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK; National Museum of Ireland; Akademie der Künste / Berliner Sammlung Kalligraphie; the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy, Moscow; Trinity College Library, Dublin; Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; Crafts Council of Ireland; Irish Office of Public Works; The Great Book of Ireland, University College Cork; Irish Life PLC; The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
2015 RDS National Craft Awards:Paper & Calligraphy Established Maker prize.
2014 RDS National Craft Awards: the Glass Category prize and the Calligraphy and Lettering category prize.
Total of 27 prizes won in this annual competition since 1989, including 12 first prizes in the calligraphy category, 2 first prizes in the glass category; and 9 overall awards (incl. 2 California Gold Medals, 2 Craft Council of Ireland awards, Muriel Gahan Scholarship, Millennium award, etc)
2006: The Crafts Council of Ireland Bursary award
2017: Art Source Expo, RDS Dublin. National Craft Awards exhibition, RDS Dublin.
2016: A Word's Worth: Asheville Calligraphy Emporium, Asheville, North Carolina USA.
RDS National Craft Awards exhibition, RDS Dublin & National Museum of Ireland,Turlough Park, Co. Mayo
2015: Manna Kunsthuis, Bruges Belgium. Promgrafica Gallery Moscow, RDS National Craft Awards exhibition, RDS Dublin
2014: FACING PAGES: The Art of The Great Book of Ireland, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork. RDS National Craft Awards exhibition, RDS Dublin & Hunt Museum Limerick
2013: 'Art Collection of the European Parliament: Ireland', European Parliament, Brussels; 'Future Beauty: Irish Craft Portfolio, Critical Selection', National Craft Gallery Kilkenny and Farmleigh Gallery Dublin
2012: 'Calligraphy Today', Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge UK; 'Source, Contemporary Craft' Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; Faculty Exhibition 'Calligraphy Northwest', the 31st International calligraphy Conference, Portland Oregon.
2011: 'Illuminate, Contemporary Irish Glass' at the Kenny Gallery, Galway; Irish Craft Portfolio 2011, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny & Farmleigh Gallery Dublin ; 'Exploring Perceptions of Contemporary Craft',Lavit Gallery Cork; 'Modified Expression', National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2010: Naples Museum of Art, Florida; invited exhibitor in 'The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of the Book' exhibit. 'Living Letters Three: Small Objects of Desire', Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England. Irish Craft Portfolio 2010, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Kenny's Gallery, Galway, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin, Stour Gallery, Warwickshire UK.
2009: 'Botanica; Nature up close’ Gallery 13, West Hollywood, California; 'Living Letters Three: Small Objects of Desire', Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK; RDS National Crafts Competition Prize Winners Traveling Exhibition, RDS Dublin & national tour.
2008: 'WORDSCAPES' by Denis Brown, October 2nd – November 10th; Gallery 13, West Hollywood, California; Letters Mingle Souls Faculty Exhibit, International Conference for Lettering Artists, Chicago.
2007: National craft winners Exhibition, Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and tour. Island Magic, International Calligraphy Conference Vancouver Island, faculty exhibit.
2006: SOFA, Chicago, U.S.; Word & Craft, Art Center of Asheville, NC, U.S.; St. Louis Calligraphy Guild 25th Anniversary Exhibit, St. Louis Calligraphy Guild, St. Louis, U.S. "Black & White" Conference, faculty exhibit, Seattle, U.S. RDS National crafts exhibition, RDS Dublin plus tour.
Brown Calligraphy, Denis Brown Discusses his Art, Hardback, 2017.
Italic Rhythm to Polyrhythmic Calligraphy, Online Calligraphy Masterclass (Video program), 2012.
Denis Brown has conducted international workshops at the invitation of calligraphy guilds in the United States, Mexico, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Ireland, Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey, France and Italy. He has been on the faculty of most of the international calligraphy conferences since 1994.