Niamh Barry, ‘Inverted’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio

Niamh Barry’s Inverted is a unique light sculpture hand-made of patinated and scored hand-formed bronze, glass opal tiles, and powered by dimmable LEDs. Composed of her signature floating hand-formed rings, Inverted is a sinuous, glamorous suspended sculpture that floats like a three dimensional drawing done by the artist’s hand. Barry’s sculpture takes on completely new shapes and light levels depending upon the angle from which it is viewed; inspired by movement and the drawn line, it encourages the viewer’s own movement so as to experience the piece’s multifaceted shapes.

As Barry works on a commission basis, a bespoke version may be made to order with custom dimensionality, materials such as bronze or stainless steel, and finishes.

Niamh Barry was born in 1968 in Dubin, Ireland where she still works and lives. In 1991 upon graduation from the National College of Art and Design, Barry established her studio and started to make unique conceptual furniture and light sculptures from a range of materials that has included aluminum, porcelain, linen, mirror, and acrylic as well as wood, black patinated solid hand formed bronze, mirror-polished hand-formed solid bronze and Murano glass. In her signature work, visual weight and movement are a constant theme. Barry’s work is included in many public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Four Seasons Hotel, O2, Candy and Candy, Merrion Hotel, Shelbourne Hotel, Finchatton, and U2.


43 1/3″ H x 53 1/2 ” W x 40 1/2″ D

About Niamh Barry

With a background in ceramics and self-taught in metalwork, Niamh Barry is best known for her welded light sculptures and conceptual furniture, which explore the relationship between light and shade, form and line. She summarizes her design practice as a continuous search “to express something beyond functionality,” and, though she works with a range of materials, her most iconic works are comprised of patinated and polished bronze, glass, and polycarbonate. Her early sources of inspiration included forms found in nature—astrological patterns, plants, and bones—but since 2007, Barry’s work has moved away from representational references, toward pure abstraction. Recurring themes in her work include the way in which weight informs movement and light defines negative space.

Irish, b. 1968, Dublin, Ireland, based in Dublin, Ireland