The video below is a short interview by the BBC with Northern Irish Artist Colin Davidson on the making of his portrait for Nobel Laureate, the late Seamus Heaney. This painting is part of his 30 odd large head series which began with a portrait of the musician Duke Special and later went on to include a number of portraits for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. It’s an interesting insight into the process behind these amazing works. Colin will be in conversation with BBC NI arts broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir Friday 13th December at 1pm as part of the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition season.
Brand new video by Mac Premo about the daily life of Northern Irish creative Oliver Jeffers. Previous post on Oliver are here, here and here!
I saw some of Paul Kerr’s paintings in The Sol Art Gallery on Dawson street in Dublin on Monday and really love his technique of blending paint. Paul is a self-taught Northern Irish Painter based in Dungannon, County Tyrone. His work seems to be mainly figurative surrealism but one of my favorite pieces is the large seascape above which is pretty incredible. You can see more of Paul Kerr’s work at the Sol Gallery and Keeling Gallery in Dublin.
A superb documentary looking at a selection of the very vibrant Irish DIY Music scene over the last decade and a little further by Community Of Independents. With insightful interviews from the bands, the record shops, the promoters and record labels; along with live performances from ASIWYFA, Adebisi Shank, The Redneck Manifesto, The Jimmy Cake, Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Halves and a good few more.
Fair play to John Breslin, Barry Lennon and the guys at Community of Independents for putting this beauty together. You can find more on their Twitter and Facebook.
Large scale paintings from Belfast based Artist Colin Davidson. Colin will be having a solo show entitled ‘Transmission’ at the Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin. The Exhibition starts Friday 23rd of March and runs until the 20th of April 2012. The works on show will include some of his phenomenal award-winning series of large-scale portrait heads of Duke Special, Glen Hansard, Ciaran Hinds, Brian Friel, Roddy Doyle, Paul Brady and many other people.
previous post about Colin Davidson here
Some great illustration and graphic design from Northern Irish Artist Nigel Peake. After training as an Architect in 2005 Nigel worked on various cultural and commercial projects as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer and is currently based in Ireland.
“My observations of farms and the land are from an outsider’s view. Gleaned from observations as I used to sit at my table doing homework watching the farmers and their machines work the land. This book is a record of a quiet place that nearly everyone has visited at some point, and the farmland is part of this—a place where the lanes of farms run along the lake that is beside the hill of trees that is neighbor to open spaces.” Nigel Peake on his recent book ‘In the Wilds’ interview by Rosecrans Baldwin from ‘The Morning News’
Nigel Peake’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited internationally and he has worked on projects for the likes of Hermès, Dwell, Habitat, The Royal Horticultural Society, Brown Thomas, Architecture Review, Icon, Blueprint and Eastpak. Some of Nigel Peake’s publications are available on his site here and throughout Analogue Books here.