May…..MAY? Already!? Yeesh, this year is flying by! Here are just some of the projects I’ve been working on.
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’.
New ‘Gráinne Mhaol’ print for the show. Read about the legendary Grace O’Malley, Irish Pirate Queen here
One of my paintings from the show. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. ‘Lilith II’
Interior wall painted in Hammer YC in Belfast.
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.
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!
On Halloween Night the artists did gather and paint. Always a pleasure to take part in a Whitewash event organised by the mighty DMC. This time around it was in Craigavon under a bridge on a wall at a 45 degree angle. I went for a suitably dark image considering the night that was in it.
I’ve previously done some work with the fantastic people at Hammer Youth Club on Agnes St. in Belfast, so I was so happy when they got in contact and asked me to create a mural for one of the rooms in the centre. Cheers to Alan!
The third and final Phat Paint Jam organised by Evolve Urban Art in the Bernard Shaw in Dublin. Big up to Ene for the invite.
Created as a demo piece for an Urban Exposé by T13 in Carrickfergus. Went crazy with the glow, I’m loving Montana Black Pistachio. Love to the T13 family x
My new prints for the recent ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Exhibition in Sligo.
This is Caer, the lover of Aengus Óg. She turned into a swan every other year. When Aengus Óg dreamt of her he was told that he could marry her if he could identify her from 149 other swans. He did, and every other year turned into a swan with her to be by her side.
My homegirl Medb – All around bad ass. The two skulls represent the bulls that the ‘An Táin’ story revolves around.
A Celtic War Goddess who caused battle frenzy and scared warriors to death on the battle field ( Sometimes featured as one aspect of the Morrigan). Years ago a pet project of mine and some school friends featured Nemain as one of the central characters. We decided she would be slightly unhinged and kooky, I still picture her like this
Many thanks to Wayne O’Conner for curating the show.
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Delighted to be involved in the ‘Through the Looking Glass’ exhibition which has such an incredible line up.
On August 31st, a new exhibition opens in the Yeats Gallery. Entitled “Through the Looking Glass” this exhibition brings together the work of 7 Illustrators and Artists from around the country. With artists from Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Galway and Sligo this show will offer a wide variety of styles and influences.
JG O Donaghue hails from Cork and specialises in archaeological and heritage illustration and art. JG has exhibited extensively and was the key founder of the online Islander Arts Collective.
Alan Corbett is another Cork illustrator who last year released his first Graphic novel, the well recieved “Ghost of Shandon”, of which a sequel is currently in the works. Alan regularly runs courses on Comic illustration.
Eva Widermann is a German illustrator specialising in illustration, concept art and character design. Her clients have included Disney and the publishers of the Dungeons and Dragons game series, Wizards of the Coast.
Rosemary Fallon is an emerging Galway artist whose work veers from Surreal painting to sculptural pieces. Rosemary has exhibited extensively and recently has had her work featured as the cover piece for the Galway Fringe Festival brochure.
Marian Noone is a Sligo artist now native to Belfast who has developed a reputation as a highly sought after Street mural artist with her distinctive images to be found all over Ireland. Working under the handle “Friz”, her work largely revolves around the female form, creating a world of sometimes sassy, sometimes sensuous characters.
Eoin Coveney has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 17 years with Clients such as Judge Dredd Magazine, The Irish Times, FHM magazine and more. He has also worked under the mentorship of legendary US comics artist Will Eisner.
Wayne O Connor is a Sligo based artist who has worked on a selection of Boardgames and RPG books since going freelance a few years ago. He held his first solo show this year in the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo.
The exhibition opens in the Yeats gallery space at 6.30pm on Saturday the 31st of August and runs for one week.