Liam Delaney first came to prominence in Irish art in the 1970s with two portfolios of drawings of Dublin Pubs and Dublin Street Characters. The painstaking "pointille" work and scrupulous attention to detail in these works attracted widespread admiration and the limited edition prints proved to be an immediate sell-out. However, Delaney was only honing his skills at this stage, learning the craft and techniques of the alchemy that turns oils into breath-taking beauty on the canvas. Not surprisingly, the eye for detail led him to study Rembrandt, closely followed by Velazquez and Degas and in pursuance of that interest, he went to live in Spain while still in his early twenties. At this time, Salvador Dali had reached the peak of surrealistic expression and the young Delaney came under the influence of the flamboyant embroiderer of dreams. From this point on, he abandons representationalism to exercise an art which elicits a response at many levels.