Archives for the month of: June, 2013

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The Baby Grand Studio at Belfast’s Grand Opera House is now showing the new Pointe Blank collection, inspired by Birmingham Royal Ballets performances of Giselle.

This is a collection of genuinely great work.

A show like this is a great chance to admire the individuality of the artists involved.

Last night the collection was launched in Belfast in the company of contributing artists and an invited audience. It’s now open for viewing by the public.

All the artists involved are members of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

The show will also visit Dublin.

It will open Wednesday July 3rd at The Circle Club, Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

My own piece is based on Albrecht the nobleman who disguises himself as a peasant and assumes the name Loys to win Giselle’s heart. The story turns upon the discovery of his sword and hunting horn. These could only belong to a nobleman. His rival Hilarion takes delight in exposing this lie and so causes a split between Albrecht/Loys and Giselle. The story moves into the realm of the after-Iife where revenge and retribution are high on the agenda. Giselle must decide the fate of her one time love…..

Have a look at the Pointe Blank facebook page for more on the story- times for the Ballet and the Pointe Blank Show.

I am hoping to make it to Dublin to see the show in the flesh before it returns to Birmingham. For anyone in the Belfast/ Dublin area, be sure and pay a visit.

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The Carlow Arts festival is finishing up this Sunday 16th June. For anyone within walking or driving distance of Carlow town it’s well worth a visit.

In my last post I posted one of three images I created for the EXTINCTON exhibition. Given the interest in it I’ve decided to post up all three.

These pieces refer to verses 2, 3 and 4 .

Here is a link to the text…

http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/roger-mcgough/let-me-die-a-youngman-s-death/

Of course the exhibit itself is well worth a visit in person and will be running until September 8th (so no excuse!)

Running along side the EXTINCTION exhibit is Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland, curated by Stephen Brandes, and Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, curated by Terry Martin.

Beasts  of England, Beasts of Ireland, features work from Ben Long,  Polly Morgan,Stephen McKenna to mention but a few.

Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, brings 20 artists together from around the globe to make a wall of wood based on an irish dry stone wall. This is a wonderful example of what happens when many people work together. Its witty, visually and conceptually. Not to mention a tactile delight..

I love wood I do!

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“Extinction” is an exhibition curated by Derry Dillon for Visual Centre For Contemporary Art, Carlow. I had the honour to be invited to participate along with 6 other leading irish illustrators in creating work for this show. 

It opened Friday last, 7th June and runs until 8th September.

Each of the 7 illustrators have approached the subject of extinction from a their own unique perspective.

My own piece is based on the poem by Roger McGough, “Let me die a youngmans death”

This poem explains one mans wish to go out with a bang, living the high life and doing as he pleases, burning the candle at both ends as it were and happily paying the price.

It’s kind of dark but it has always made me laugh- probably says more about me than I care to know, but there you go.

The image above is one of a series of 3, this depicts the fourth verse.

Here is a link to the text 

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/let-me-die-a-youngman-s-death/

The full list of illustrators goes like this

Olivia Golden, Stephen Maurice Graham, Niamh Sharkey, Steve Simpson, Phil Mc Darby and The Project Twins.

Saturday saw a myself, Phil and The Project Twins giving a panel talk.

Our very kind audience even threw up a few questions. 

Verbalising what you do and why in that way is a really useful exercise- I wouldn’t mind doing it another time!