We were delighted and honoured to win the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice for the Marker Hotel commission - a collaboration with Brehon Capital Partners, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects and photographer Enda Cavanagh.
The Awards Ceremony took place on 10th September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The awards were presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D and hosted by the broadcaster, Aine Lawlor.
For this amazing commission, we produced 88 of Enda's landscape photographic works for the fabulous new Marker Hotel, following on from his very successful show, Duality, at The Copper House Gallery in November 2012.
Featured above is one of Enda Cavanagh's award-winning images, Inside Looking Out, Blackrock Baths. We are very proud of this award and owe a wealth of gratitude to Stuart, Rowena and Andrew at Business to Arts, for their support and mentorship.
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).
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.
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!
Our featured artist this week is the immensely talented Dorje de Burgh. One of our brilliant 2011 Fire Propeller finalists, Dorje's esthetic considers the nebulous and cerebral, fine-tuned to a pure emotional core.
Dorje de Burgh's work Nothing Lasts Forever is featured in the PhotoIreland Festival publication New Irish Works and is also exhibited as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the National Photographic Archive (NPA), Meeting House Square, Dublin 2, exhibition runs until 3rd Aug 2013.
Featured image Sk (Shower) by Dorje de Burgh.
We've been receiving lots of feedback from artists and photographers recently that making finished work is getting tougher and that exhibitions are increasingly difficult to fund and stage.
It's also a tough environment for artists making multiple and edition prints and one that we've been determined to overcome.
Well, we were wondering how best we could reduce costs to give lower prices and we had one of those lightbulb moments that was a complete game changer.
A leading paper manufacturer is now making paper by the mill reel for us so we're receiving our own 'private label' range of fine art papers directly from their mills, taking delivery of 2 huge reels of paper last week. The reels look kind of boring but what's inside them is electrifying for the likes of us!
The really great news is that we can now offer our own label Fire fine art papers and significantly reduce the price of our archival pigment prints whilst maintaining and improving the quality of our prints.
Perfect result, fabulous work for artists and photographers for far less spend!
Equally exciting are the huge reductions our own label papers allow us to offer on multiple and edition prints, these now being a fraction of the original price.
We're thrilled by these innovations and will be publishing new price lists for our new and existing papers shortly.
Please call in for a sample and a tour, we're keen to show off.
These mill reels are normally supplied to paper converters who package and brand them for the manufacturers so we're having to design and manufacture our own equipment and will be posting the story of the new Fire papers and their development on our Facebook page.