I'm Denis Brown. Welcome to my site about my art and calligraphy.
I began learning calligraphy in my early teens as a schoolboy. I loved its immediacy—the ability to make characterful letters with just a few pen-strokes. Since receiving my first commissions aged 15 years old, I've never looked back. While studying for a degree in calligraphy at London's Roehampton Institute I was awarded fellowship of the UK Society of Scribes and Illuminators; at 20 I was their youngest Fellow in addition to being their first Fellow from Ireland. That was over 25 years ago and my work has continually developed since then.
I push boundaries while continually extending traditional skills. I use letterforms and writing to create three-dimensional layered works of art where a thousand words may paint a picture. At a time in history where handwriting is being eclipsed by e-mail, text messaging and other digital means of communication, my work explores the meaning and function of being a scribe in the 21st century.
I'm fortunate to be known in many parts of the world as a leader in the field of calligraphy, and I spend some time each year traveling to teach workshops internationally at the invitation of calligraphy guilds. I also offer an online masterclass with coaching in all my calligraphy techniques.
I hope you'll enjoy the site and come back regularly. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks for reading,
Dublin, Ireland, 2017