Born in Trim, Co. Meath, he studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. His early large-scale canvases were influenced by american abstract expressionism and have since evolved in a more minimalist direction.
Currently his work practice incorporates painting on canvas and aluminium as well as drawing and print. He is a member of Aosdána.
Solo exhibitions include the Project Arts Centre, Dublin (1974,1975); West Cork Arts Centre (1990); Triskel Arts Centre (1992); Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London (1994,1998); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2001) and many shows at the Taylor Galleries, Dublin over the past thirty years. The Royal Hibernian Academy’s Gallagher Gallery held a ten year retrospective of his work in 2000.
He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1982, and has exhibited in major group exhibitions, including L’Imaginaire Irlandais, Paris (1996); the Baghdad International Festival of Art (1998); the Oireachtas Exhibition (1973-78); the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (1972-82), winning its Carroll’s Award in 1974; and the Cagnes-sur-Mer Painting Festival (1981), receiving a jury’s special mention. He taught at the Dun Laoghaire School of art from 1977 to 1981.
He has lived and worked in Allihies on the Beara peninsula, Co. Cork since 1984.