Our featured Copper House Gallery artist is the exceptionally talented Jimmy Murakami, a Japanese American animator and director with a long career working in numerous countries. Among his best-known works are the animated adaptations of the Raymond Briggs books When the Wind Blows and The Snowman.
Murakami was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film for The Magic Pear Tree (1968). He also directed the music video for King of the Mountain, the single from Kate Bush's album Aerial. Jimmy Murakami was the subject of a 2010 feature documentary film made by Irish director Sé Merry Doyle and produced by Martina Durac and Vanessa Gildea of Loopline Films . Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien was premiered in Dublin at the 2010 IFI Stranger than Fiction Film Festival.
Primarily renowned as an award winning film director, Jimmy Murakami is also an exceptional painter and we are delighted to have some of his exquisite, early Japanese watercolours as editions at The Copper House Gallery.
Pictured above is the wonderful Jimmy Murakami at our Christmas Print Exhibition on the evening of 29th November 2012 at The Copper House Gallery with featured image Fishing Village, Sado Island (1958).
There will always be a place in our hearts for Tim Gunn – the American fashion consultant, television personality, actor and writer. Chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, before taking over as creative director for Liz Claiborne, Mr. Tim Gunn catapulted to fame as the revered fashion mentor on the award winning TV show Project Runway (2004 – ongoing).
Ever dapper, ever the diplomat, Tim Gunn offers eloquently constructive advice to the designers on their weekly challenges - "Make it work," "Talk to me" and "It's a little costumey" being some of his signature catchphrases. His popularity on Project Runway led to the excellent spin-off show, Bravo's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, as well as his book A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style.
Tim Gunn – style icon, role model and star!!
Our featured Copper House Gallery artist this week is the supremely talented Carol Cronin. Originally from Co. Wicklow and now based in Kerry, Carol Cronin's seascapes capture the power and ever changing moods of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged West Kerry coast.
Having several independent sell-out shows before exhibiting her work with both the Greenlane Gallery (Dingle and Paris) and The Killarney Art Gallery, Carol opened her own gallery in Green Street Dingle in 2005, showing her own work exclusively.
Carol has exhibited extensively on an Irish and international scale, with work shown at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Fairfields Hall, London and the AK47 Gallery, Dusseldorf. Her work has been featured on RTÉ and the Discovery channel USA, with commissions from, amongst others, The National Archives of the Netherlands and University College of Cork.
We love it when a plan comes together! Having produced the stunning visuals for DIY, an exhibition by Richard Gilligan to be shown at the Galway Arts Festival 15 – 28 July 2013, we added some je ne sais quoi to the crate. Pictured above is our Daniel adding some very fine stencilling!
DIY is a movement within skateboarding, which operates outside civic and societal norms. Using abandoned terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder exists within a more unconventional environment. These unauthorized, temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the USA.
Do check out DIY by Richard Gilligan at The Absolut Festival Gallery, Galway Arts Festival.
To honour the spirit, talent and distinctive beauty of The Liberties, it is a joyous occasion to announce the 43rd annual Liberties Festival to take place from Wednesday 17th July to Sunday 21at July 2013!! The superlative programme features the best of music, film, photography, pop-up projects, theatre and community events, and an exploration of the history of Dublin’s historic Liberties area.
Earlier this year, Liberties Festival called on the public to create a photography exhibition by capturing images of the people, places and happenings in the Liberties on 1st May 2013. Hundreds responded with incredible photos and a selection of 60 images – One Day in the Liberties - to be exhibited at the official Liberties Festival launch to take place at Gallery Zozimus on Francis Street, Dublin 8, 6pm Wednesday 17th July 2013.
As part of One Day in the Liberties exhibition, the winners of The Liberties Festival /NCAD – Distillers Press Poetry Competition will read their commended poems. Extracts of the poems (to be exhibited) were printed at Distillers Press, NCAD by the poets, with guidance from the amazing Letterpress Print Workshop team Seán Sills, Mark Plunkett and Jamie Murphy.
Image credit: photographer Malgorzata Wielogorska, One Day in the Liberties exhibition.
More amazing work produced by Fire! Pictured above is artist Oksana Afonina collecting her sublime visuals for Unseen Dreams, her exhibition with artist Varvara Perekrest at FilmBase Gallery (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) running from 8th July to 14th July 2013 as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2013.
Inspired by Esref Armagan a Turkish artist who is blind since birth, all the artworks in Unseen Dreams are based on the dreams of real people who are blind since birth and have no visual memories. This collaborative project was conducted in ChildVision, a centre that provides educational opportunities for Ireland’s blind and partially sighted children and young adults in a safe and nurturing environment.
Image credit: Oksana Afonina and Varvara Perekrest, from the series Unseen Dreams.
Our featured artist this week is the goddess of mixed media and found art - Catherine Ryan! Having studied glass design at the National College of Art and Design, Catherine’s artistic interests include street art, fine art sculpture, photography, pop culture, comic illustration and street theatre, having made props for Macnas and participated in comic making.
Her painting-collages are a fusion of these influences, believing all art forms to be relevant and inter-connected. Using materials that would otherwise be considered waste, she raises issues concerning the environment and consumption with flair and originality. Think Phoebe Buffay meets Hannah Höch in a sherbet palette.
Her work has been shown in selected group exhibitions including the RHA annual exhibition, Rua Red Arts Centre, The Mill Theatre, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, county Offaly, as well as many venues around Dublin city. Or just go see for yourself - Catherine Ryan's Funkytown, an exhibition celebrating the spirit of Dublin city, as part of 10 Days In Dublin Festival, taking place at Avenue Road Gallery, Portobello Dublin 8, on July 4th - 7th inclusive!
Drum roll please! Our featured Copper House Gallery artist this week is in fact a featured illustrator- Eoin Coveney take a bow!! Would you believe The Copper House Gallery are launching Attitudes the first solo exhibition by illustrator Eoin Coveney, 6-8pm Thursday 13th June 2013, just so as you know. Artist and activist Will St Leger will open the exhibition.
Eoin Coveney's work has been informed by a passion for comics, horror films and science fiction. His distinctive storytelling ability and bold figurative work are underscored by an elegiac, cerebral and neo-noir beauty. Oh so David Lynch meets Judge Dredd with a hint of Aubrey Beardsley.
Attitudes, an exhibition of illustrations by Eoin Coveney, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 13th June 2013 until the 29th June 2013. We are delighted to promote Attitudes, an exhibition of illustrations by Eoin Coveney, in association with The 2013 Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival. Admission is free and all are welcome.