Bryan Gerard Duffy’s multi-disciplinary practice investigates notions of psychological and physical displacement. He draws lines and cross lines, both physically and metaphysically. His playful attitude to materials and situations counterbalances a very serious social conscience and political intent. Through painting, sculpture, photography, film, and installation, he explores refugee integration, climate crisis, artificial intelligence (A.I.), and human fragility.
Duffy was the recipient of the Bolay Residency Award, Linenhall Arts Centre, Ireland (2020); Joya AiR, arte + ecología residency in Almeria, Spain (2019); as well as receiving a Travel and Training Award from The Arts Council of Ireland for the “Artifariti” art residency, Tindouf, Algeria (2017). He was awarded Bronze Medal in the Social Awareness, Peace and Human Rights category at the Global Independent Film Awards (2021), and the Best Irish Human Rights Film at the Wexford Documentary Film Festival (2020) for his co-produced film “Delivery”, as well as being shortlisted for the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, Dublin (2016) for his co-produced documentary “Sumud, Everyday Resistance”. “Sumud, Everyday Resistance” also won the Best Short Documentary at the Accolade Film Festival, Los Angeles, United States (2016). Some of his recent commissions include the “Art Roundhouse” G.E.T.N.S. Commission, Galway, funded by the Department of Education Per Cent for Art Scheme (2020); and “The New Wing”, The Sacred Heart Hospital Commission, Castlebar, funded by HSE Per Cent for Art Scheme, (2019). Duffy has exhibited nationally and internationally including Artifariti 2020, international arts festival, Spain/ Algeria/ Mexico/ Western Sahara (2020), as well as being selected by Tom Morton (Frieze) for the Claremorris Open Exhibition (2017) with “Seeker; The World’s Largest Ball of Cellophane Tape”. He has had a number of solo shows including “The Fool by the Roadside“ at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar in 2017; “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” at the Custom House Studios and Gallery, Westport in 2016; and he has an upcoming solo exhibition in the Ballina Arts Centre. Duffy was recently elected to the Board of Trustees at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.Share: