Orla de Brí 

Orla was born in Ireland and works from her studio in Co Meath. de Brí works in bronze, steel and fiberglass. She has had seven Solo Shows, and has completed 26 site-specific, large-scale public sculptures, in Ireland, London and Istanbul. 

Working in both Gallery and Public Art her work is in many significant public and private collections both nationally and internationally. 

In the last 6 years she was commissioned to create a 7meter sculpture for the Sabanci Collection in Istanbul, a 8.5 meter site-specific piece for The University of Limerick and has completed a sculpture for the roof of Bevelly Castle consisting of a 3-meter human figure and a 5-meter 24ct gold leaf tree, This is situated at the entrance to the Great Island, Cobh, Co Cork.

Orla’s work is predominately figurative, the figures are highly stylized and usually appear with an abstract shape or an element from nature.  She is curious about human behaviour and how we development and change over time. How we analyse ourselves, relate to other people, and how we connect with our surroundings is central to my work.

The process of making a sculpture is something Orla really enjoys; beginning with a thought or a feeling then a drawing, followed by the physical aspect of constructing the piece.

Orla likes playing with and exploring different materials, combining elements that may seem incompatible at first, but yet express something in the piece. And during this process you lose time and feel very much part of the work, almost like a meditation.