Brian Fay was awarded First Prize in the Derwent Art Prize competition for his pencil drawing Looted salt mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden.
Brian is an artist and Lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His practice and research examines the materiality of pre-existing artworks and objects and their complex relation to time. The ongoing intention of this drawing practice is to register and map the effect time has on the materials and supports of early film and iconic paintings. The gathering of particular time periods presents a framework for reflection on the role that time and technology plays in mediating our understanding of image creation, the preservation of its unstable form and the making visible of its own history.
His most recent solo exhibitions include Of the survival of images (and objects) at Nag Gallery, Dublin , Broken Images or When Does Posterity Begin? Ashford Gallery RHA, the 3 part Some Time Now series,The Lab, Mermaid Arts Centre and Solstice Arts Centre, Web, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny  and enCODEd a sound collaboration with composer Donal Siggins, Context Gallery, Derry, Project Arts Centre, Dublin and West Cork Arts Centre, Cork .
Group shows include Motion Capture: Drawing and the Moving Image, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Projet Gutenberg, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, The 43 Uses of Drawing, Rugby Art Museum, England, Fine Lines: a selection from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Into Irish Drawing , Limerick City Gallery Of Art, Civic Arts Centre Hengelo, Holland, Irish Cultural Institute, Paris and Millennium Arts Centre, Northern Ireland, Drawing Stonehenge, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester , Other Men’s Flowers, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, (C)Artography: Mapmaking as Artform, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork  and The Square Root of Drawing, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin .
Recent curatorial work includes Lost and Found, Solstice Arts Centre , Pleasures and Days - co-curated with Sheena Barrett] , The LAB, Dublin and Milestones [co-curated with Andrew Folan] for The Black Church Print Studio, Dublin.
He recently worked as Artist in Residence at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane’s Conservation Department. Fay is currently undertaking a PhD in Drawing and Temporality at the University of Northumbria, England. He is the Artist Board member at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery and former Secretary of Visual Artists Ireland.
His work is in the collections of The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, The Crawford Art Gallery, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kilkenny Design Centre, Office of Public Works and private collections.
He is represented by nag gallery, Dublin.