I took this photograph while I was on holiday in Praia Do Vau in Portugal. I loved how sea shells had engrained themselves into the caves. It made a beautiful interesting texture that I had to photograph. The photo itself is not attached to any concept but I kept it thinking I would use it in my art at some point in the future.
Last year I took part in 20/20 Print Exchange. I created an edition of 25 prints sized 20x20cm. The image I created was the bull image I now use on my header. 20/20 Print Exchange started in 2009 between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton, UK. This is my second year taking part.
Silkscreen On Fabriano
2016 is a year of remembering some very painful memories in Irish history. The story we are taught in school can somewhat be perceived as the story book account of the 1916 Rising and World War 1. 2016 also marks the 100 years since the Battle of The Somme which began in July, three months after the uprising of Irish rebels in Dublin. Contrary to our modern day view of the April events of 1916, a lot of the population felt the revolution was treasonous to Britain who were in midst of a brutal war and destructive to their city.
Thousands of Irish men died in The Battle Of The Somme and many more wounded physically and mentally in the years in come. The topic of allegiances during this period is complicated for many families as some may have relatives directly involved in both the Easter Rising and the First World War. The Battle of The Somme lasted from July 1st 1916 to November 18th 1916 with a staggering amount of casualties on the German and British sides. Many Irish men listed among the dead came from the province of Ulster but also from other provinces on the island.
My piece part of a pair in similar fashion to it’s first part, signifies the dehumanising of an individual in a military uniform. Uniform can signify an ally or an enemy but in the case of Ireland’s history, the lines are certainly blurred. My soldier is dehumanised or he is dead, depending on how you wish to interpret it.
British Army Uniform
These owl prints were a gift! I didn’t want to post a photo until they had received it.
Owl One For Ian
Silkscreen and Illustration
These are my T shirt designs I’ve accumulated so far. I find the process of making and designing very exciting. Hopefully I’ll be able to make more in the future. The nice thing about printing as a medium is the versitility of the medium. Print can be fine art and practical at the same time.
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Weathered objects always carry a history. What was formally essential and useful so agricultural life in the past century soon becomes obsolete with the introduction of newer more efficient technologies. Objects carry with them a history. These objects are part of my family story and part of what our farm used to be. While many objects are replicated for decoration, these objects once held a purpose to the horse that wore them and the man who put the horse to work. One man’s rubbish is another man’s gold.
Untitled (Citizen Army Uniform)
This piece is based on a sketch of a Citizen Army Uniform from my sketchbook. At the start of my residency, I was reading a lot about the 1916 rebellion as my occupation of Studio 14 has coincided with the centenary. The Rising is still a controversial part of history in the Republic of Ireland and this year has been no exception in exposing polarised opinions on this tempestuous period of our country’s history. This year 2016 has also been a stormy year in Irish politics. The public’s mistrust and disdain for the Irish government is at an all time high. This piece demonstrates the political connotations of a uniform while erasing the individual and was also made at a time when the Irish government was not in formation in time of it’s creation. In this sense, no one was home.
These are new images I’ve finished. I’ve chosen a black, grey and gold coloured scheme. The images are inspired and taken from weathered materials.
As well as architectural structures and landscapes, another theme somehow always makes it into my work. Weathering and decay is always something that has interested me as an artist. Rust and whitewash leave varying effects on walls and metal which can result in interesting colours and textures to be inspired from. I live at the family homestead near Tallanstown. Our farm has been with us for about 150 years or more. Therefore, the structures surrounding our home contain various discarded metals and machinery from throughout the years. Horse shoes, cartwheels, rusted metal and weathered walls have a certain accidental beauty that can be transferred onto artwork.
The image pictured here are experiments I’ve been working on. The screen print pictured is based off discarded metals I found. I tried to add gold ink to bring out a different visual effect. It’s debatable whether it worked. Screen prints are notoriously unpredictable sometimes regarding colours, tones that come through and whether it lines up properly and the paper doesn’t move!