Brian Fitzgerald is an internationally recognized award-winning illustrator of Children’s Picture books. He is a graduate of Ireland’s National College of Art & Design and lives and works in the costal town of Dun Laoghaire just outside Dublin City.
Brian has illustrated for ‘The Boston Globe’, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and for many magazines and design studios. As author and illustrator, he has received international recognition for his award-winning book, ‘Bounce Bounce,’ and his work has been exhibited in The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Montereggio Di Mulazzo and the Cerval Foundation Gallery in Milan.
Brian comes from a large Irish family of two brothers and four sisters, two dogs, five cats, twelve chickens, and a sheep. From an early age, he loved nothing more than to draw things. With very little paper available, he had to find other places to practice his art. Sometimes he would draw on walls or on the white margins of books or on freshly laid eggs or on clean white sheets he found on the clothesline. Not everyone agreed with his passion for art and very often his parents would hide his pens and crayons for days before he would rediscover them.
When it was time to grow up and leave school, he got a job beating dents out of cars and spray-painting them, which he enjoyed for a while until, one day, while sitting in a café, he saw an artist splashing paints on the wall and making a beautiful mess. The owner didn’t get angry but paid the artist for his work! The young artists talked for a while and Brian learned of a college where he could spend the next four years sketching, painting and making art. And so began his education in art. Brian continues to paint and draw for clients and also for fun!