Annraoi Wyer

Biography

 

Born in Dublin, Annraoi Wyer studied at the COMAD and National College of Art and Design taking an honours degree and diploma.He currently lives in Co.Wicklow. Wyer's initial contact with the Black Church Print Studio was in 1985 when he undertook a course in lihography.The following year he became a studio member.

 

The technique of photo silkscreen and more recently of digital manipulation have been key areas in the production of his studio work. In the late 1980's Annraoi produced a polemic series, revolving around the Iran Contra affair and the illegal sale of weapons. From the mid 1990's abandoned structures and interiors reemerged as a theme in his work.The wreck of the SS America on the west coast of Fuerteventura continues to interest the artist.

 

In 1986 Wyer worked with the late art critic Dorothy Walker on the GPA Emerging Artists Exhibition at Kilmainham. In 1995 Paraclete Press published his first book Blackrock College 1860-1995,a selection of archival photographs.His graphic work has been included in numerous international shows.

 

Selected exhibitions include Mednarodni Grafic Biennale Moderna Galerija Ljubljana,1897, '89, '93. Taipei Fine Arts Museum 1987-'88.Portrait Gallery Tuzla Bosnia Herzegovina, 1990.Museum of Modern Graphic Art Egypt, collection 1992. First Masstricht Biennale The Netherlands, 1993. Varna Arts Museum Bulgaria 1989,'91 ,'93, '95.Highlights of the Taylor Awards 1878-2005, The National Gallery of Ireland 2006.

 

Awards include Irish Exhibition of Living Art 1987, Douglas Hyde Gold Medal, Cultural Relations Committee Department of Foreign Affairs (three awards), Elizabeth Greensheild Foundation Montreal, The Taylor Prize 1985 and'86. His work is included in the following public collections Sharjah Art Museum,United Arab Emirates, Museum of Graphic Art Giza , Egypt, Dundrum College,Ireland, and a number of private collections.