"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.
Lloyd Laing is an archaeologist and ancient art historian specializing in early medieval Britain and Ireland, coins and ceramics. Solely or jointly he has published over 30 books and 60 papers, as well as many contributions to encyclopedias and magazines. He has directed many excavations in different parts of Britain.
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.