Exhibition: Brian Bourke / Michael Kane
Exhibition: Brian Bourke / Michael Kane

Brian Bourke and Michael Kane first met in the Bailey Bar in Duke Street, in 1957.

Almost exact contemporaries, Michael was born in 1935 and Brian in 1936. By chance their next meeting was unplanned, on the Kings Road in Chelsea two years later. Michael was passing through and Brian
worked in a London hospital. Their friendship developed through the friends they had in common: the sculptor James McKenna, who also wrote satirical plays in which both acted; Ronnie Drew of Dubliners fame and various artists including John Kelly, John Behan, et al.

They exhibited regularly at the
Independent Artists exhibition from the early 60s until its demise in 1988, and were included in the seminal Making Sense exhibition at Blaithin de Sachy’s Lincoln Gallery in 1983.


The current exhibition, Bourke / Kane  is the first time they have shown together as a pair and includes recent work with some earlier works from the two. Kane’s Expressionist themes and bright colours as well as their outsize dimensions complement Bourke’s thrustingly vigorous landscapes and ebullient, larger-than-life figures. 

Taylor Galleries are proud indeed to host this momentous exhibition.

At the Taylor Galleries
Starts: 29th February 2024 at 6:00pm
Ends: 13th April 2024