Oct ’16 Update

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Queen Medb

Finally managed to get down to Drogheda for the Bridge Jam this year! Big shout out to Rask for the spot.

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The Hunt

Painted on Kent St, Belfast. Part of the Hit The North streetart festival run by the wonderful Seedhead Arts and C.A.P.

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Scathach

Painted this firece Scottish warrior woman in Edinburgh back in August. In great company with Elph and Sole.

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Dripping In Gold

Painted during the Evolve Phat Paint Jam #5 in the Bernard Shaw back in September. Weather stayed good for once! Cheers Ene.

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Really fun job for An Poc Fada in Monaghan to advertise the local Blues Festival.

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Detail from some additional work for the wonderful folk of Cannings House & Garden in Sligo.

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An Táin

Delighted to have been commissioned by Sligo Tidy Towns once more to add some colour to this hoarding in Cranmore. Many thanks to Nola, and also to Jerry and Cathy who were a big help getting this completed!

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Revamp of this trailer for the Cuban Sandwich Factory in Belfast, tastiest cubanos around!

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Quick digital rendering of a sketch I liked

 

July ’16 Update

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‘The World Is Our Playground’

Wonderful project to be involved in. This piece is painted just off the playground of Currie Primary school in Belfast, on a building shared with Mountcollyer Youth Club. Big thanks to Phil for the support and to Ashleigh. I really enjoyed working on this and was delighted that they were happy to let me run with the idea.

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‘Giants Of The Game’ City Hall-Hôtel de Ville-Paris.

I was so happy to be involved with Visit Belfast’s site in Paris during the Euros promoting a VR experience of Belfast and Northern Ireland. We painted the entire container with various attractions found in NI, alongside George Best. Titanic Belfast, Hands Across The Divide, Mournes Mountains, Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway, Samson & Goliath, The Big Fish.

Thanks to Gerry, Visit Belfast, McCadden and ALD.

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‘No Laughing Matter’

So happy with my collaboration with brand Insolence.  We held a launch night for pre-orders in April and the shirts went out to all those who supported us last month. They look awesome and I can’t wait to see the fruits of their next collaboration, they were a joy to work with xx

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Hanging the ‘No Laughing Matter’ Opening Night Exhibition

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‘Fire’

Acrylic On Canvas – Available for purchase

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‘On Silent Wings’

Lots of fun painting this wall in Lavery’s Belfast recently. Cheers to Rona and the staff for taking good care of me

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‘Welcome To The Jungle’

Private Commission via Evolve Urban Art in Dublin.

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‘Caledonia Calling’

Live painting at the Ulster Museum.

13177650_1038464239578138_3810819290095081531_nCollaboration with the awesome lady that is ARTISTA while she was visitng Belfast. Thanks to The Sunflower for the space!

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Some sections of walls painted in the amazing Hammer YC, Belfast.

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‘Tickle Me Pink’

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‘Dragonfly’

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‘The Internet’

February ’16 Update

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‘Pink’ – Painted at the UV Arts Winter Painting Jam at the Playhouse in Derry – Jan ’16

I got a new sketchpad and blue pencil leads so went mad filling it up with sketches that I wanted to draw just for the fun of it.

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Gambit  – Daredevil – The Winter Soldier – Storm (Marvel)

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Death (Sandman) – Modern Merida (Brave) – Delirium (Sandman) – Zero (Vampire Knight)

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The Winter Soldier (Marvel) – Loki (Marvel) – Rey (Star Wars) – Magneto, gender swap (Marvel)

 

Nov ’15 Update

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‘Galaxy Paws’

Painted as part of Culture Night 2015, Belfast.

 

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‘No Laughing Matter’

Painted on the Peace Line, Belfast

 

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‘Gráinne’

..and her invisibility cloak.

A Celtic character with ties to Sligo. Painted live during Sligo Design Week.

 

 

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‘Lydz’

Painted during the fantastic Release the Pressure jam in Derry.

 

 

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‘Party All Night Owl’

Commission for The Fly bar, Belfast.

 

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‘Come Away, O Human Child..’

Commission for Sligo County Childcare Committee.

 

 

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‘Minerva’

Painted in T-13 Belfast.

 

 

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‘Gatekeeper’

Painted as part of Culture Night Belfast – Hit The North.

 

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‘Turn It Up’

Commission for The Fly bar, Belfast.

 

 

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‘Her Long Hair Black As A Raven’

…well it used to be.

Painted at the always awesome Whitewash XIII

 

 

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UV live drawing at Pygmalion, Dublin.

 

 

Midsummer Round Up

11108307_857375204353710_5625019481212305311_nMy contribution to the very awesome All City Tivoli Jam in Dublin this year. A modern take on The Morrigan, a Celtic Deity who could take the form of a wolf, cow, eel and crow.

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I was delighted to be asked by Groundworks NI to create a mural in the new Community Garden to link up with the existing Hicks 54 mural. Couldn’t have finished it without the help of my partner in crime Gerry.  Newtownards Rd in Belfast

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Pirate Queen

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Flame On! Section of the Parkour set up in T-13

11008641_846818198742744_8628287164046693616_nCommissioned (very long) mural at Sydenham Train Station in Belfast, celebrating Belfast’s Industrial history and ties to the local area. Arranged by Palmerston Residence Association, Translink, BCC and PCSP.

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Another piece for Groundworks NI in a different Community Garden on Clandeboye St. Unusual wall, very fun to paint. The mural was designed with the direction and input of the local S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide) group.

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Landscape commission for The Coach in Banbridge for their beer garden.

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Wall commissioned by Sligo Tidy Towns. I wanted to create a mural that celebrated the Sligo connection that Bram Stoker has to the town and it’s possible influence on writing Dracula.

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Custom paint job for Jump NI – Parkour specialists.

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Two recent watercolour paintings involving layering up paper.

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Wrapping up 2014…Bring on 2015

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”Autumn’ and ‘Winter’ from Nubia Youth Club

 

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‘Lean On Me’ – private commissioned watercolour

 

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“I’m Inside”

This is the piece I completed last week in Letterkenny for First Fortnight and Mental Health Ireland, working with local Letterkenny group Create-A-Link.

This excerpt from First Fortnight’s website sums up the goal of this project:

“We believe the arts allow us to create a space where people can talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner. Once that conversation has begun, we hope this will then help to change people’s perceptions about an issue that affects us all with one in four of us set to experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives.”

The piece itself was based on prompts and ideas that the Create-A-Link group had discussed, which I then visually interpreted. ‘Wearing a Mask’ was a strong theme that resonated. In my piece the character is wearing a mask, but it’s coming off, being lifted slightly off of her face with the tie loose. In the background she is surrounded be a canine-like figure (inspired by the sometimes naming of depression as the ‘black dog’) made up of ‘I’m fine.’ ‘I’m inside.’ ‘Talk to me.’ ‘I want to be better.’

Huge thanks to Gerry, don’t think I could have done it without him. Big shout out to Bill, Peadar, Eithne, Dermy, Aidan, Wissam, Ruth’s Pharmacy, The mighty scaffold producing council men and the Create-A-Link group who kept us fuelled with tea and sandwiches on what turned out to be a very cold and wet couple of days

This time of year can be particularly hard on people. For more information on these fantastic groups and the great work they are doing to create awareness and support for mental health issues see below:

http://firstfortnight.ie/about/

http://www.rte.ie/tv/wouldyoubelieve/beyondwords.html

August Update

derry sml‘Tribal Red’ – painted at the ‘Release the Pressure’ Graffiti Jam – Derry – August 2014

DSCF5740 DSCF5744Evolve Urban Art hand-painted advertisement for Clonmel 1650, Dublin. July 2014

photo (16) photo (29)‘Like a Boss’ – painted at the ‘Make a Move’ Festival – Limerick. July 2014

10454302_474006596036464_6652932599931585474_n‘Áine’ – Celtic Sun Goddess, painted on the Summer Solstice at the ‘All-City Tivoli Jam’ – Dublin. June 2014. Photo by Lolz

bubblegum fun houseMural for ‘Bubble Gum Hair Salon’ – Drogheda – May 2014

IMG_2252‘The Hart of Sligo’ – Union St., Sligo. Painted for Sligo Tidy Towns Committee – May 2014

IMG_2274‘He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead’ – Yeats inspired wall, Adelaide St. Carpark, Sligo. July 2014

May Update

May…..MAY? Already!? Yeesh, this year is flying by! Here are just some of the projects I’ve been working on.

El Tigre – T-13

El TigreThis is the main pedestrian entrance to the ever awesome T-13 indoor skatepark in Belfast.  Have lots of love for the folk at T-13.

White Lady Art – Female Street Art Exhibition and Shaw Paint Jam.

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This is the piece I painted as part of the all female paint jam in the Bernard Shaw. This is Sadb, a Celtic Goddess associated with deer and nature. The skull if from the extinct ‘Great Irish Elk’.

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New ‘Gráinne Mhaol’ print for the show. Read about the legendary Grace O’Malley, Irish Pirate Queen here

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One of my paintings from the show. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. ‘Lilith II’

Hammer YC

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Interior wall painted in Hammer YC in Belfast.

 

Battle Ready Medb

The complete wall painted in Ballinode Community College in Sligo last week. Had a blast working with the 4th yr students on this project. The group had already researched local legends and myths that could be included in mural so we had lots to choose from when we started planning. In the centre is Queen Medb (Maeve/Maebh) who is said to be buried in the grave marked by the cairn on top of Knocknarea, apparently buried standing straight up and facing North (the general direction she is facing in the mural). She wears a helmet ready for battle, adorned with the horns of a bull (reference to AnTáin).

The mound of spirals in the background represent her burial cairn and Knocknarea mountain. The other prominent Sligo mountain, Benbulben, is represented as part of the decorative cheek guard. Benbulben is also linked to the tale of Diarmuid and Gráinne, who’s story is also expressed by the boar ‘tattoo’ on Medb’s shoulder.

The two creatures on either side of Medb are a water horse, and a water hound. There are examples of folk stories all over the country and the UK where malevolent animals rise from a body of water and kill or drown a person (‘kelpies’ etc). I thought it would be striking to have these animals present in a sort of heraldic style. The water symbolises the Garavogue river running through the town to the sea. The two beasts are depicted in reds and oranges to characterize the fires that burned down the local Abbey and the Castle of Sligo.

Phew! We managed to get a lot in! Big up to the 4th Years who did an amazing job. Shout out to Adam and Donna too, and to Ballinode College. There is actually a ‘Phase 2’ to this project which will see local artisan Enda Clarke creating stained glass elements with the group to accentuate features that have been painted. Very excited to see the outcome of that half of the project and I’ll share a decent (dayshent) photo hopefully when it is completed.

YEEEEOOOOOOooooo!

New Year

DEDICATED Exhibition
White Lady Art Gallery, Dublin.

Starting 2014 off as I mean to continue, exhibiting fresh work.

‘DEDICATED’ Exhibition launched last night in the White Lady Art Gallery, Wellington Quay, Dublin.

There was a fantastic turn out and there are some amazing works of art on display. Exhibition is on until the end of January.

Cheers to everyone involved in making the show epic!

Dedicated Demon – print

Dedicated Angel – Print