Brian Cronin illustrating

About Brian Cronin

I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to New York in the mid 1980’s. I still have my accent which always makes me feel like an outsider here. When I return to Ireland I feel just as alien, but sound the same. This causes confusion for me on both sides of the sea.

. My day is centered around the studio/"drawing room.” It can get messy here, as my process does not include tidying up as I work. For years I wanted a clean, minimal space with all objects artfully arranged, but I'm not focused on this ideal anymore. I try to create order between projects, but sometimes I’m on to the next one so quickly that time and space blend, and chaos ensues.

I take breaks for coffee and biscuits, lunch, and a midday nap. I live with my daughter and our dog. When I was growing up, my parents ran a bed and breakfast in central Dublin. My dad was always home -- just like me! As a kid, I wished he had a regular job like my friends’ parents, but then again it was nice knowing he was always around, as was my mom. I am passing this Cronin tradition on to my own daughter.

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