Illustrators Guild of Ireland Show at Luan Gallery. Press Release


The Luan Gallery is delighted to announce its winter exhibition for 2016 entitled Without the Words. Celebrating the art of illustration, Without the Words is a group exhibition selected especially for Luan Gallery which showcases the brightest talents of Irish Illustration today.
Showing works by a variety of artists, Without the Words includes samples by both established and high profile illustrators as well as emerging creative talents and forms a celebration of visual storytelling and the imagination.

Without the Words
 is an exhibition inspired by a line from Emily Dickinson’s well loved poem: ‘Hope is the Thing with Feathers’.
Margaret Anne Suggs, Illustrators Ireland Promotions Officer says:

‘In most circumstances an illustrator will respond to a brief which is communicated either through written or spoken word. As supporters of visual literacy, Illustrators Ireland propose to tell our visual stories, putting the pictures first- without the words. Here we tell our stories; visually stimulating the imagination to respond by creating an individual narrative, not a prescribed story’.


Illustrators Ireland is a community of professional illustrators working together to actively promote the craft and art form that is illustration. Members offer a wealth of combined experience and amongst those exhibiting include Kate Greenaway Medalist and current Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch, former Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey, and 2016 CBI Book of the Year Nominee Lauren O’Neill. With over 40 members’ work on exhibition, visitors are invited to find their own narratives within the original works.

The show combines computer generated imagery with traditionally executed drawings to present an assortment of colourful scenes and images to ignite imagination and discussion.

Aedín McGinn, Luan Gallery says:

‘We are thrilled to present this exhibition and showcase the wonderful variety of works by Illustrators Ireland. Throughout the course of the exhibition, Luan Gallery is offering up its River Gallery space to a participatory project entitled ‘The Big Picture’ in conjunction with Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch. Here, visitors to the exhibition will be invited to add their own illustrations directly to the wall, responding to the works on show and resulting in one large evolving time based mural. So come one, come all and draw on the gallery wall!’


Speakers at the official exhibition launch include: Aoife Murry from Children’s Books Ireland, Margaret Anne Suggs from Illustrators Ireland and PJ Lynch, current Laureate na nÓg.

The exhibition will open on November 5th at 6pm with a wine reception to which all are welcome and continues until 27th January 2017.

The Manhattan Fish Project

There’s an Illustrators Guild of Ireland group show coming up soon (I’ll keep you posted). It’ll be in the Luan gallery in Athlone to begin with but will then swim around the country. The IGI has done quite a bit of that kind of thing; it works a treat to get the membership known more widely.

I had the presence of mind to film part of the process of making this painting only at the outset -as usual, I then became embroiled in the little world I was creating and forgot about the camera. Still, that makes for a short, easy to view movie. It’s only a minute long although the artwork took about twelve hours to complete. There’s a bit of lively, upbeat jazz to help you with your viewing, so if you’re at work, do turn the volume down!

An acrylics on paper absurdist painting of a fish for an exhibition with the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and Luan Gallery in Athlone.
An acrylics on paper absurdist painting of a fish for an exhibition with the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and Luan Gallery in Athlone.

I painted a complete underpainting in monochrome first, which is a technique that I’m currently teaching in my art class (it’s the friendliest and best art class in the entire world!). The method is very popular with my students as you can provide yourself with a lovely ‘safety net’ before you ever embark on the colour work.

Speaking of nets; this art is for a curated show, so everyone has to submit their work for review, so there is the possibility of rejection and being thrown back in the lake. Fins crossed.

You’ve probably noticed that the background isn’t New York or London -I made it up, but it does have the big city feel about it. I fancied that the fish could be some kind of Don Draper figure, arriving in Manhattan to his ad agency. A big fish in a huge pond. After all, the piece does have a kind of fifties retro feel.

Gallxit

So that’s the end of my solo show in Harold’s Cross. Feeling very wistful today -I liked being in the space and having friends and randomers strolling in, talking about art, Brexit and football.
A fellow artist arrived in last night to collect something from me just before I closed and as I talked, I could feel the energy draining from me (nothing to do with him!) it’s just that as it finished, all my alertness and tension fell away. By tomorrow I’ll be comatose!

So it’ll be on to the next project. La Galerie Impromptu will pop up again, next time as a community event. I’m writing a proposal to Culture Night to host a 6 Pack exhibition https://www.facebook.com/6PackCommunityProject/ 

Hopefully, the space won’t have been occupied by then -but there are no guarantees. In the pics I took over the week or so, I felt that the gallery looked just right in that spot. It had a kind of Continental look to it, tucked away in that corner; un petit coin du paradis
What do you think all of you out there in Dublin6land? Please ‘LIKE’ the 6 Pack project FB page at the above link.

A Successful Fundit.ie Campaign; Thanks to You

The Fundit.ie campaign for my upcoming show, ‘Flights of Fancy’ is a few hours from closing and has exceeded expectations. Thank you all for the support and I’m currently working on the rewards for you.
I’ve attached a design for a poster which will go onto a sandwich board outside the space -and elsewhere around the locality as we come up to the opening date. In the spirit of crowd-activity, do let me know what you think. Squawk!

What a Song and Dance!

Only 3 days left. *Gulp!* Almost there. To update you all on the ‘Flights’ project: The venue has been cleared as the Harold’s Cross Festival used it as an office and gallery space over the weekend. As always, the Fundit page is here: http://fundit.ie/project/flights-of-fancy-art-exhibition and every little bit helps and will be rewarded.
I’m going to have to do quite a bit of work to level the floor (it’s very rough in places), fill in gaps and holes in the wall and do something with the ceiling. A few bags of levelling compound and buckets of elbow grease will do it.
To celebrate the imminent closing of the crowdfunding campaign, I’ve put together a bit of music on the flight theme:

Halfway There.

Just under 50% funded for this popup exhibition, Flights of Fancy -and the funding deadline is in 9 days. I’ve secured the wine and some of the printing outside of Fundit.ie, which will help a great deal.

Have a look at the image at left to see the list of rewards for supporters.

Other news is: I’m going to have a set up in the space itself where you can make your own printed impression from a linocut and take it home with you -just for fun.

Puffins Puffins Puffins

Well, there’s only 14 days to go before the Fundit.ie deadline…at 36% of funding right now…must…have…contingency…plan…
Things are hotting up, chez McSherry. 

Meanwhile, here’s a picture of a very handsome man with a painting superglued to his trousers.

If you’d like to help him unglued the painting from his pants and stop him walking around Dublin like a puffin, you can support this exhibition and be REWARDED:

Cover for my Exhibition Brochure.

Since I upgraded my Mac last year, I’ve had to come up with an alternative to Photoshop and InDesign and believe me, there’s not much choice out there.

I’ve been using a combination of Pixelmator (€29.99) for the image editing and iStudio Publisher (Just €20.99!) for creation of printed documents. Compare that with the €120 per year for ever of just Photoshop alone. PS is great but bloody hell.

The interface of both these substitutes are clunky (with Pixelmator being the slickest) but I’m getting used to them and I haven’t found much functionality that I’ve missed – neither have anything like the sophistication of Adobe’s products. But; they work perfectly well for most of anyone’s needs. Scanning, image preparation, a small amount of digital illustration and putting together a perfectly good, professional catalogue.

So the above image is the result of that combination: The cover for my 16 page catalogue for my upcoming exhibition Flights of Fancy.

Flights of Fancy: An Exhibition of Paintings. Harold’s Cross. June 16-26

If you would like to collaborate in this show, please visit my Fundit.ie Campaign page to see what rewards I’m offering!


La Galerie Impromptu (286c Harold’s Cross Road -right beside The Brick House Café). 

Opening at 6.30pm Thursday June 16. By invitation only. Exhibition runs until June 26.


About the exhibition 


Each year, I hold an exhibition that is completely independent of the gallery system to focus on exploring what’s essential in my work, free of external pressures. This is my annual Special Show where you can see me as I am. 
This time, It’s going to be a popup gallery! The owner of Rosie O’Grady’s bar in Harold’s Cross has very generously offered out one of his adjacent units; a shop that fronts onto the main street. It will be over this unit that I will hang the ‘La Galerie Impromptu banner.


As an artist, I’m not only interested in the imaginative and conceptual nature of my art; I’m dedicated to the craft side too. For me they’re indivisible. I have always wanted to create things with mind AND my hands. My influences are broad: Hopper, definitely; classical painters for their level of craft but also the surrealists. More strongly though, by so-called Pop Culture. I just love great illustration work. The imagination and highly accomplished artistry.

So this is my one-man Cultural Event. These are my Flights of Fancy. This is my own personal Milan and Paris fashion show.


The work in this show is an eclectic mix  -works completed in the last year or so. Although there’s no common theme, one thing that re-occurs is that of flight. Flying racing fish; dirigible cricketers; gilded birds and flighty notions.


So, feathered friends; I’m offering you the opportunity to become an integral part of this show: Proceeds from this crowd-funding campaign will cover the costs of framing, refreshments for the opening and talks, publicity and printing of a catalogue and other printed material. In return, my flock, I shall reserve a special place for you in my heart and in the lush pastures, fragrant forests and cool mountains of this benevolent and expanding land, AND what’s more you’ll even receive something real, that you can hold in your hands änd hang on your wall, in return. Please look at the schedule of the rewards that await supporters and patrons of the arts below. Take wing, citizens! For when we flock together, we are strong!

If you would like to collaborate in this show, please visit my Fundit.ie Campaign page to see what rewards I’m offering!

Below some examples of work to be included:

The Unsolveable Conundrum. Gilded Acrylics on canvas. 20″ x 16″ 

Cousin Peregrine’s Lament. Acrylics on canvas. 8″ x 10″

The Terenure Dirigibles. Acrylics on canvas. 14″ x 16″

The Rule of Thirds. Acrylics on canvas. 14″ x 24″