James S. Brohan portrait

James Brohan Artist

Born in Dublin in 1952 James studied painting and anatomy under the direction of Yann Goulet, RHA from 1985-86. His influence on James was to look and observe, and he told Brohan ‘If you cant see it you cant paint it’, thus an artist should be able to look and capture in his minds eye the subject, movement, colour, tone and feeling of what he is about to paint. He continued his studies at the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and later attended the National College of Art and Design, studying under Des Carrick, RHA. James Brohan lives and works in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

James’ paintings are about colour rather than tone and the essence of capturing the subtle nuances of light. Due to the increasing modernisation of and an ever-changing Ireland his aim is to record the times he lives in.

Brohan’s paintings are easily recognised by the rich and vibrant colour that he uses in a loose impasto fashion. Applied with a brush, his work reflects the mood, colour and light that inspire him to paint a wide range of subjects such as boats, harbours, farm animals and still life. In his figurative scenes he aims to capture a moment, a movement but most of all an emotion.


  • Perri Group
  • John McColgan (Riverdance)
  • Blakes Group
  • Concern
  • Aer Rianta
  • University College Dublin
  • Government House
  • Galway Bay Hotel
  • Skellig Hotel
  • Adare Manor
  • Dromoland Castle
  • Hobson Bay Hotel