These images are about as old as Roman ruins. I unearthed them while cleaning out my hard drive.
I made a little drawing for a charity auction to help raise money for a Trinity College Scholarship* in Frank Henagan’s honour. (see little video below)
*About the Frank Henagan Scholarship The Frank Henagan scholarship was established in 1997 in honour of Frank and his vast contributions to the College. It is a general scholarship fund for an all-rounded student with potential to contribute significantly to the Trinity community or who requires financial assistance to remain at Trinity. The fund was allowed to build for several years before the first scholarship was awarded in 2006. In honour of Frank’s 80th birthday this year, our aim is to raise $200,000 towards the scholarship in his name.
After some cosmetic improvements, the foyer in the Australian Embassy in Madrid was relaunched this week. To add to the festivities, and to help brighten up the space, a series of my works on paper, and a handful of paintings were on show. It was a wonderful opportunity and it was great fun to be involved with the relaunch of the space.
Most of the works on paper that were on show will be available to view again at the end of this month (and buy!), along with more pieces still in the pipeline and works by Australian artist Beth Noble. The upcoming show opens on Thursday evening, September 26, at Con Otra Mirada, Federico Salmón, 9 Madrid. There will be more details to follow!
List of works shown in the foyer:
1.) RUFUS WHISTLER, Graphite on paper, 297 x 420mm, 2013
2.) KOOKABURRA REVERSE, Graphite on paper, 297 x 420mm, 2013
3.) KOOKABURRA, Graphite on paper, 297 x 420mm, 2013
4.) KOOKABURRA REVERSE #2, Graphite on paper, , 297 x 420mm, 2013
5.) RUFUS WHISTLER REVERSE, Graphite on paper, 297 x 420mm, 2013
6.) PROTEST, Graphite on paper, 210 x 14Omm, 2013
7.) KOALA (not for sale), Ink on paper, 148 x 210mm, 2013
8.) SITS IN AN OLD GUM TREE (not for sale), Ink on paper, 250 x 148mm, 2013
9.) WOMBAT (not for sale), Ink on paper, 148 x 210mm, 2013
10.) ALPINE (see image), Metallic Oil on board, 60 x 45 cm, 2013
11.) ELASTIC SIDES (see image), Metallic acrylic on board, 600 x 1150 cm, 2013
12.) THE PIGEON SERIES (see image), Oil on canvas, each 220 x 150mm, 2013
¡Vaya Madrid! is an English language blog which aims to provide information for international Madrileño residents who are beyond cheap eats and quiz nights. It’s for people who want to integrate with the local culture, not observe it from within an Irish bar. A couple of weeks ago I contributed a piece about recycling which was a great opportunity not only to contribute some ideas about what it’s like to live here but also to create some artwork. Probably the biggest perk of contributing however, has been meeting the creative team of writers. Team meetings involve a whole lot of banter and fun times!
The paint brushes and paint tubes in my studio have looked a bit sad lately. It’s been weeks since I’ve made any work. But with two (eek!) art shows booked in for September it is on like donkey kong. The Hiatus is over. Stay tuned for more details about the up coming shows, and hopefully a bit more activity around here!
Gritty port city and street artists’ dream, Valencia offers up her tantalising urban street walls like freshly primed canvases. Patinas in unthinkable hues – the likes of which Pantone could never replicate – escape the camera lens and computer screen, revealing themselves only to the naked eye like demure hidden beauties.
The quietly subversive art of ESCIF lives within this world of patterned tile and decaying brick wall like it grew there. Simple and bright, the sweet motifs – ponies, people, apples – have a stinging political tail. Austeridad, sostenibilidad and flexibilidad laboral are themes that dirty what would otherwise be visual ditties.
These biting tableaux, along with works by other street artists exist against a backdrop of Valencia’s lost modernist dream – the ciudad de artes y ciencias – it’s mottled architectural city scape and it’s grey, littered beaches.PINK DOT: Street art by ESCIF. AQUA DOT: Street art by ESCIF image courtesy of the artist. PURPLE DOT: Street art by Blastus, Valencia.