John Shinnors was born in Limerick in 1950 and studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design. He has had regular solo exhibitions throughout Ireland and has exhibited in many group shows since the 1980s. His work is represented in many public and private collections and has received various awards. He was the subject of the RTÉ1 documentary and is involved in the promotion of the arts through the Shinnors Scholarship. He is certainly one of the most important contemporary artists of our generation.