The Irish Arts Review is deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of master craftsman Liam Flynn. Just last summer Irish Arts Review reported on the much admired woodturner’s plans to present at two seminars, one in Atlanta, Georgia and closer to home in Limerick. The Abbeyfeale maker’s signature work is marked by elegance and restraint, qualities that stem from his singular focus on transforming utilitarian objects into sculptural form. The grain of his material of choice, oak, is artistically exploited to harmonise with the line of the overall form. Examples of Liam Flynn’s designs can be seen in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the National Museum of Ireland. Previous features on Liam Flynn include, Eleanor Flegg ‘Liam Flynn Standard Setter’, Irish Arts Review, Autumn 2004, p. 151 and Roger Bennett ‘Liam Flynn Past and Present’, Autumn 2011 p. 124.
Read Susan Rogers’ article on visiting Liam Flynn at his County Limerick Studio.