Patrick Hickey was born in India in 1927 and studied Architecture and later History of Art and Italian at University College Dublin. He worked for Michael Scott for a number of years, and was greatly supported in the architecture practice to pursue his love of painting. He began painting in 1954, and in 1957, having received an Italian State Scholarship, he studied etching and lithography at the Scuola del Libro in Urbino, Italy. He was one of the five founders of the Graphic Studio Dublin in 1960, alongside Anne Yeats (1919-2001), Liam Miller (1924-1987), Elizabeth Rivers (1903-1964) and Leslie Mac Weeney (b.1936). Hickey presided over fine art print production in the Graphic Studio, while based in a cramped but artist owned space in Lower Mount Street from 1962 until the studio moved to Green Street East in Dublin’s docklands in the eighties. During this time annual Sponsors Portfolios were developed to raise funds from benefactors to fund the studio. Burren Landscape is one of those early lithographs. The collective studio grew under Hickey’s leadership, and he said of it: “man is gregarious and people liked to work in the studio because of mutual technical help, the crossing over of ideas, physical help – where the stronger lifted and dragged for others – and simply for the company and the varying brews of tea”. He was one of the chief designers of the Irish currency notes in 1974 and he continued to create prints until his death in 1998.