Irish figurative painter known for his landscapes, portraits, and paintings of trees. He belonged to the Envoy arts review and McDaid's pub circle that also included Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, and Brendan Behan.
He attended the National College of Art during the 1940s and displayed his artwork for the first time at the 1950 Irish Exhibition of Living Art.
He co-founded and edited the literary publication, X Magazine.
He married Oonagh Ryan, who was the sister of artist John Ryan.
His X Magazine once featured an article on Alberto Giacometti.