Niall O’Loughlin is an artist who lives and works in Dublin. He has created really striking caricatures of actors, musicians, sports figures, and politicians. You can see more of his work (and even purchase his pictures!) at his main website and you can keep up with his current activities at his blog.
Back in May, 2009 Niall was on hand for the festivities surrounding the final episode of The Late Late Show, hosted by Pat Kenny. He posted a picture of his wife, Helena, and Gabriel from the after party on his blog and I quickly grabbed it for the Byrneholics posting about the show. And we started a little conversation on that posting, as you can see.
Long story short, Niall has now produced a caricature of Gabriel Byrne! He has really captured him and he thankfully paid attention to my request: he did not overdo the “nose,” which would have been the obvious characteristic to emphasize, and focused instead on that ruddy complexion and Gabriel’s great big SMILE.
Niall has graciously allowed Byrneholics Online to use this picture on the site and we say to him: THANK YOU, NIALL! This is a wonderful work of art you have shared with us all.