"Adult Reading at Artist's Bedtime" features illustrated stories from the sketchbooks of John Shinnors, one of Ireland's foremost artists. His paintings often combine the figurative and abstract at once, with distinctive coloured or black and white geometric shapes and repetition of form. The drawings and paintings in the sketchbooks are more figurative as they illustrate personal stories that are poignant, humorous and surreal. Also available from Gandon: John Shinnors - Profile, a comprehensive overview of his work, together with a major essay and interview with the artist.
Whether you are seeking inspiration for a new piece of work, researching an idea, or looking for different ways to approach a project, Celtic Designs is a rich source of imagery, with beautiful illustrations on every page.
Containing exclusive images of all of the official portraits of the Chiefs of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, this book is a rare addition to any library. Each portrait, from Michael Collins to Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, is accompanied by a biography of the Chief and a biography of the painter.
The scale of the Great Irish Famine, and the horror of it, were unprecedented. It permeated everything, the traces of which remain to this day. But the visual dimensions of the loss of life and the erosions of language and culture remained unaddressed until Quinnipiac University opened Ireland's Great Hunger Museum in 2012, to considerable acclaim.
Dark Beauty focuses on the minute detail in Harry Clarke's stained-glass windows, particularly in the borders and lower panels of his work. Clarke's brilliance as a graphic artist is clearly visible in his book illustrations, which are imbued with precise attention to intricate designs, and he applied the same lavish focus to every facet of his stained glass.
This summer the Irish Georgian Society will host a world-class exhibition of eighteenth-century Irish paintings to mark the restoration of the City Assembly House and to commemorate the Society of Artists in Ireland who erected the building over 250 years ago. Celebrating the building’s original incarnation as the first purpose-built public gallery in Britain and Ireland, the exhibition will re-assemble paintings, including those by Thomas Roberts, Jonathan Fisher, James Forrester, Robert Carver, Robert Healy and Hugh Douglas Hamilton, in the room in which they were first displayed between 1766 and 1780. By honouring the pioneering spirit of these exhibitions, the aim is to provide an insight into the fascinating range of artistic production taking place in eighteenth-century Ireland. As the exhibition catalogues reveal, Georgian Dublin was a hive of creativity, with landscape artists working alongside portraitists, history painters, sculptors, printers and draughtsmen in an astonishing range of media, including oil paint, pastel, marble, wood, glass, wax and hair.
Fernando Vicente is fascinated by vanity, by man's struggle with mortality, and the 'body as a lie'. It is the flawed nature of humanity that gives us our beauty, and yet we are trained to strive for the banality of perfection. This monograph explores the influential series of paintings of award-winning artist and illustrator Fernando Vincente.