A bit like Bunbury, I suppose – one painting for the town and one for the country. But it’s impossible to tell the full story in one portrait, don’t you think? I’ve done two portraits of Patrick Pearse this year and, for a while now, I’ve been toying with the idea of merging them…
And I’m no expert with these things but I’ve been working with Windows Movie Maker and you can see below what I’ve come up with, after many merging mishaps. (it’s just 25 seconds long) (If you can’t see the movie below, you should click into the blog itself)
But d’you see, I’m working on two art projects at the moment, one in Rosmuc where Pearse had his cottage and one in Harold’s Cross, where he was also a frequent visitor. In Harold’s Cross I’m curating an exhibition entitled “Rising” which will be held in the Upper Room in Mount Argus Monastery on Saturday, 14th of May, as part of the Harold’s Cross Community Festival. The artists taking part are Ricí Ní Chléirigh, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin, Lorcan Walshe and myself, and it will be officially opened by local poet Catherine Ann Cullen.
The exhibition explores various aspects of the Easter Rising, recalling the fact that the Pearse family was well acquainted with the monastery having converted to Catholicism there. (and did you know that there is a fine marble statue carved by Willie Pearse in the monastery or that James Pearse created the pulpit for the church there?)
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