Before starting to build early Irish harps, Davy had already established himself as a sculptor working with bog oak. You can read more about this work at Davy’s sculpture website.
Davy was born in 1971 in the Town of Lisburn in Northern Ireland, but now lives at Rathcroghan in Co. Roscommon. A keen artist since childhood, David was first introduced to bog oak by the work of Belfast sculptors, George Osborne and Eamon Maguire. The age and almost supernatural quality of the wood caught his imagination and inspired him to begin carving. David is self taught, but has benefited from the advice and aid of many other artists along the way.
Davy’s studio is situated at the heart of the Rathcroghan complex, once the seat of the ancient Kings of Connaught, and one of the most important archeological sites in Ireland. Given the heritage of his environment, it is no wonder Davy is never at a loss for inspiration. Much of his work is inspired by Ireland’s rich traditions of folklore and mythology.
Davy has exhibited widely throughout Ireland, and has work in collections worldwide.
above left: throne of bog oak and yew, height 7’6”, 2007.
Website by Simon Chadwick