Fitz artwork used for the first virtual commemoration marking the incredible achievements of Col Fitzmaurice, the impact of the Portlaoise Plane during his formative years in Laois and the legacy of the Bremen flight.
It's a free online event so reserve your Zoom place by visiting https://fitz1928.eventbrite.ie
winter 2020 – 21
Uluru (700 million years old, 863 metres high) like the First Nations peoples it is sacred to, stood proud long before Invasion Day which is a sad day for many as today marks 233 years of ongoing dispossession & oppression.
Thanks to @pmacgiollapadraigart for loaning me his camera to shoot this.
A happy and safe New Year to all as dawn breaks on the twenty first year of the twenty first century! Prints of this photograph are available, size 600x450mm unframed, finely printed on 225gsm archival paper, signed and numbered edition of 30. Price €215 (includes post and packaging anywhere).
Winter Solstice, charcoal and ink, 510x305mm Prints of this original are available, finely printed on 225gsm archival paper, signed and numbered, edition of 50. Price €225 (includes post and packaging anywhere). Go to SHOP to order.
A video-mapped projection commission for Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival. It tells the story of the ‘Cáin Adomnáin’, one of the first ever laws to address human rights by protecting women and children, enacted in Birr in AD697. It was an absolute pleasure working with @lvdfilms and the twenty wonderful people who took part in it. Click on the video to see the original video with inserted footage from it being projected onto the walls of St Brendan’s ruined church in Birr during lockdown when alternatives to showing work in galleries had to be explored.
Emo in lockdown. Painted with watercolours in the fields of lovely Laois. Thank God we have a beautiful county to be lockdowned in!
No trips abroad this summer so time to appreciate and record the beauty of Ireland. This is magnificent Glendalough, County Wicklow. Prints of this photograph are available, size 600x400mm unframed, finely printed on 225gsm archival paper, signed and numbered edition of 30. Price €215 (includes post and packaging anywhere). Go to SHOP to order.
In lockdown my mind keeps drifting to journeys past and future so I’m rewriting and re-illustrating my road-diary from an epic hitch-hiking trip around Europe in 1986 which I took with Brian Cannon of 'microdot' and Oasis fame. Here’s a couple of spreads from it…
New illustration published in The Irish Times, for a story about an Irish writer who has to emigrate to Dubai and who quite literally 'walks out of Ireland and out of this story'.
Honoured to have my prints about the history of Irish aviation installed in the new Seán Lemass Boardroom at Dublin Airport!
winter 2018 – 2019
'A New Austerity',
oil on canvas,
Limited edition (of 20 copies) giclée print (400x300mm) on archival paper for the 'Fitz & the 1st East-to-West Atlantic Flight' exhibition now available.
€168 unframed (includes post and packaging anywhere). Go to SHOP to order.
The print depicts the actual night sky off the Canadian coast on the 12 April 1928 when the ‘Bremen’ flew over the Atlantic. Fitz’s silhouette reveals a view of the ‘Bremen’ in flight over the Slade Valley where it initially flew in the direction of, from its take off at Baldonnel. The Irish coast is on the east and Greenly Island where the plane landed is to the west.
'Fitz & the 1st East-to-West Atlantic Flight' exhibition which I designed, curated and directed a film for at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 4 – 25 October, to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of this world-changing event.
New image for October's Hennessy New Irish Writing series, 'Between the Waves' story by Colin Walsh, published in The Irish Times. Read.
Researching in Bremen, Germany, for an exhibition I'll be designing and curating. Ninety years ago today this actual plane was mid-way on the first ever east-west trans-Atlantic flight which was copiloted by an Irishman.
winter 2017 – 2018
Two large charcoal and ink drawings for the Captain Beefheart tribute exhibition at Make.Liverpool which opened on 12 November 2017. All work had to be made in black and white in honour of Beefheart's show at the Bluecoat in 1972. More info. here
The drawings were inspired by the following story...
In 1968 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band played a low-budget English tour and John Peel drove Van Vliet to gigs in a hired mini. “When we were coming back from Frank Freeman’s [Frank Freeman’s Dancing School was a relatively unknown provincial venue in the Midlands], he [Van Vliet] asked if he could listen to a tree. I’ve always thought that’s a really strange thing to have done, but of course it could have been his way of saying that he wanted a pee – probably was. He might have said ‘listen to a tree’, because it rhymed with ‘having a pee’. His thought processes were not like those of other men – you could well believe that he wanted to listen to a tree. If anybody else had said it, I would have said, ‘stupid bastard’ under my breath. But with Beefheart you thought, well, he knows more than I do and if he wants to listen to a tree, and I’m in a position to enable him to do so, then I’m going to give him a chance to do it, because it would be quite wrong not to. So he got out of the car and disappeared. Beefheart probably just went and has a pee, I don’t know. Or he may have just listened to a tree. I’d like to say that I can see him silhouetted against a gibbous moon with his ear firmly pressed to a fine old elm, but I just don’t know.” recounted Peel.
Prints on photographic paper are available for sale, €45 – €85: go to SHOP to order.
Image for September's Hennessy New Irish Writing series, 'Inside' story by Maeve O'Lynn, published in The Irish Times, 30.09.17.
New images for the Hennessy New Irish Writing series, published in The Irish Times.
24.06.2017: 'There's Nothing You Can Do That Can't Be Done', story by Ruth McKee.
27.05.2017: 'The Summer of Wasps', story by Maeve McGowan. Read story.
Unfettered Man of Letters exhibition, 15 September – 7 October 2016.
Commission from Laois County Council to curate and design associated material for an exhibition exploring James Fintan Lalor's influence on the events of Easter 1916 as a visual focal point for the James Fintan Lalor School 2016.
press coverage of the exhibition
click to read the write-up
Invited speaker at the James Fintan Lalor School 2016, 1 October 2016.
I expressed my concern over arts funding in a 'soapbox' presentation which prompted Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, to raise the issue with Heather Humphreys, the Minister for Arts, reported in the Leinster Express, 8 October, click here to read report.
My graphic for the James Fintan Lalor School 2016.
Síoraí exhibition ends at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Read report in the Leinster Express here.
Photographed with Noel White, Irish Ambassador to Australia, who officially opened my Síoraí exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy.
Article published in the Laois Nationalist about my Síoraí exhibition opening at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
Read report titled, 'Laois Man's Eye Catching Art Goes On Show Down Under,' in the Laois Nationalist, 20 July, here.
Read a write-up in the Australian press about my current exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka here
article titled, 'The Ire of the Irish'
by Amber Wilson in The Courier, 15 July.
Photograph with Noel White, Irish Ambassador to Australia, by Luka Kauzlaric.
09.07.2016, Síoraí opens at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
17.06.2016, A Life in Relief (see Books page) images feature in a new film titled Chasing Michael Davitt released 17.O6 2016
Leinster Express, 1916 Supplement, feature on upcoming Australian exhibition – article can be read on the Words page on this site
The legend that is @conko – artist; purveyor of the coolest clothes around (check them out www.bpbwear.com); and campaigner for mental health awareness – has painted a new wall at NCAD, Dublin and honoured me with a shout out!
winter 2015 – 2016
The Irish Times, feature on forthcoming Australian exhibition in special 1916–2016 supplement read article
'Martha' print released.
Limited edition print now for sale. The image was inspired by Dermot Bolger's beautiful 'Martha' poem which was in turn inspired by the Tom Waits' song.
Giclée, 297x420mm, edition of 20, first 10 signed by Dermot Bolger and the artist.
Go to SHOP to order.
Article about forthcoming exhibition in Autralia published in Midlands Art & Culture Magazine, Issue 24.
03.10.2015, 'I am Ireland' Programme launch at Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre, 3 October.
09 – 10.10.2015, 'Sioraí' images used on promotional material and for projections at the James Fintan Lalor Autumn School 2015, Dunamaise Arts Centre, see photographs
Work from 'Síoraí: Visualising the Words of James Fintan Lalor Today' shown at the following: Saibhreas Group Exhibition, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, 11 April – 10 May, and at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 18 June – 8 August; Birr Arts Festival, Co. Offaly, 31 July – 7 August; and Design vs Art, The National Museum in Gdañsk, Poland, 16 May – 30 August.