Jack Butler Yeats was a renowned Irish artist and writer, born in London on August 29th, 1871, to a family of artists. He spent his childhood in Sligo, Ireland, where he developed a deep love for the landscapes and seascapes that would become a recurring theme in his art.

After studying at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, Yeats began his artistic career as a black-and-white illustrator for newspapers and magazines, before moving on to painting. His early work was influenced by the Irish literary revival and the Arts and Crafts movement, but he soon developed a unique style that blended elements of symbolism, expressionism, and abstraction.

Yeats’ paintings often depicted scenes of everyday life in Ireland, including horse races, fairs, and markets. He also explored themes of mythology and history, often portraying heroic figures and Celtic legends. His work was greatly admired for its vivid colours, bold brushstrokes, and powerful emotional impact.

In addition to his artistic endeavours, Yeats was also a prolific writer and published several books of poetry, fiction, and drama. He received many accolades throughout his life, including the Order of Merit from the British government and the Gold Medal for Fine Arts from the Spanish government. Yeats passed away in Dublin on March 28th, 1957, leaving behind a legacy as one of Ireland’s most celebrated artists.