Sometimes I get the opportunity to create something really special and meaningful for a client. As an artist you can't help feel a bit of pressure but when they are (hopefully) really happy with the result - there is nothing more satisfying.
Delighted to have got to illustrate the May poster for the ever popular Dublin Flea Market this year. Many illustrators I admire have had opportunities to do this, so I was so happy to get the chance to have my take on it - lots of fun! What better way to describe the event than a whimsical bird in a vintage hat.
To learn more about The wonderful Dublin Flea market see the following link:
What a nice way to start the first quarter of the year. The wonderful Anne Culhane once again organised a beautiful exhibition ABLE - Artist Books Limerick Exhibitionof artist books from current students in LSAD and past students like myself. Such a diversity of styles it truly was a delight to attend.
They even had a few awards going and I was honoured to be awarded a prize as part of the exhibition for my artist book 'Every Soul Has A Dark Forest'. I aim to get my book seen as much as possible (as I spent a long 3 months looking at it) so being part of the show was enough, the prize was a huge compliment and I am very grateful for the recognition.
Runs from 15th February until the 29th February. I only hope the show gets bigger and better each year!
It is so nice to get to work on commission's that are personal to the client and you are told "do whatever you want". That is what this commission I am working on is all about. Littered with secrets, reminders and hopes. Something the client will have forever. I am having so much fun with this particular piece, thought though at times as its quite a big one at 42 x 59.6 cm... I get so lost in it, in a dream like state. It's a magical place...
Look out for the rest of the progress and the finished piece on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Finished piece will also be on my Portfolio.
( NB I take commissions regularly but different times can be busier than others so do ask in advance to avoid disappointment. )
I got a wonderful message couple of weeks ago from the lovely Michaela Burke who was carrying out teaching lessons with children in some London schools. I was really taken aback when she told she was going to use my art practice as a discussion theme. The students were given worksheets whereby they responded to my style of drawing and themes I explore.
I just had to share the wonderful and imaginative work they came up with. They designed book covers for a book my drawings could be telling. My favourite I think had to of been one child which Michaela told me about " where he imagined a lock on a tree and within the lock was a whole world of creatures from your drawings and that's where they would go to keep safe away from people!" How wonderful is that. Take a look at the beautiful drawings that were inspired my my drawings. I feel so fuzzy and happy when I look at these....
Can you figure out which work of mine they were responding to? :P
So, I have some very special news to share with you regarding my recent work ' Every Soul Has A Dark Forest ' currently on display in The Bourne Vincent Gallery. The University of Limerick have decided to go and purchase it for their art collection!
It's nearly two weeks since I found out and I still haven't fully processed it tbh...It has been one of my most ambitious pieces to date and a solid two months of work and mixed emotions. It is a huge honour as an artist to be recognized in this way by the University and I think it will still take me more time to believe it... I of course had lots of encouraging people along the way who seen me working on different sections before it became the final piece so thank you for keeping me focused.
I take the opportunity to remind you about the Hyphae exhibition out in The Bourne Vincent Gallery in UL. There is only a week and a half left to go out and see my work on display. The response so far has been overwhelming and I really appreciate all those who have made it out to the exhibit or who plan to.
In addition, there are 10 limited print edition books for sale at the gallery.