Louis Le Brocquy was a painter and designer born in Dublin. He was educated in Trinity College, Dublin studying chemistry. In 1939, Louis began to teach himself to paint having studied the art in galleries throughout London, Paris and Italy.
Le Brocquy became a founding member of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943, having returned to Ireland. In 1945, his subject matter for his own work was mainly Irish thinkers. In 1947 he held his first solo exhibition at Gimpel Fils in London and in that same year he moved to London.
During the height of his painting career, Louis was also active as a designer in textiles etc. He was awarded with the Praemio Prealpina at the Venice Biennale in 1956. He eventually settled after marrying an Irish painter, Anne Madden and they lived at Carros, Alpes-Maritimes from 1960 onwards.