Thrilled we are to see that one of our 2011 Illustration at Fire Award finalists Mr. Derry Dillon will be exhibiting his delightfully idiosyncratic work as part of this years Carlow Arts Festival Éigse!! Carlow Arts Festival Éigse is an annual multi-disciplinary festival in the south east of Ireland showcasing a diverse range of arts and cultural events over 10 days each June.
Produced here at Fire, Derry's exhibition entitled [uhn-der-bel-ee] or Underbelly is a collection of illustrations, prints and sculptures that cast a somewhat skewered eye on the local landscape and runs at Lennons@VISUAL from 7th June to 7th July 2013.
Underbelly lifts the mossy rock on the county’s rich history and peers at the oddities residing beneath. Unveiling a cluster of quirky characters captured in a series of bizarre scenarios, the collection presents dubious historical facts which Dillon uses to describe the residents of Carlow—from gregarious pistol-happy Lords standing astride the River Barrow to B-movie monsters residing on Mount Leinster.
Well done Derry!
Thrilled we were here at Fire to be producing some images from the Orange Revolution series by the mega-talented Donough O' Malley, 'Revolution' Illustration at Fire Award finalist (for featured image). Quoting directly from O' Malley's fine description of these tango-ed workers-
“The title fits perfectly for the illustrations but is also a play on the Orange Revolution that took part in Ukraine from late 2004 to 2005. Using visual language associated with propaganda art of the 20th century, I have shown our little orange friends rising up, having decided enough is enough. But are they revolting against the Whangdoodles the Hornswogglers or the Snozzywangers?”
Perhaps their coup d'état was to show allegiance to Gene Wilder, having been ousted by Johnny Depp in the role Willy Wonka. Or maybe Augustus Gloop really does wreck the plumbing at The Chocolate Factory, leaving the Ooompa-Loompas with no shower facilities.
No Ooompa-Loompa spokesperson was available to comment on this story while going to press.
This morning was just wonderful for us as we came in to be greeted by this review from Kate at LeCool.
To say we got emotional and feel extremely grateful would be a wee understatement...
‘Illustrated, as advertised’ is Steve Simpson’s first solo show since Miss Baker pinned his ‘Birds of the British Isles’ series to the cork board in 3rd class. That exhibition lasted a whole term, you only have a mere 3 weeks to see this one! Steve was the winner of Fire's 2011 ILLUSTRATION at FIRE competition and this exhibition will showcase a selection of recently commissioned and self initiated projects, from a career that spans nearly three decades. The Show opens tomorrow, Wednesday 7th March at 6pm at The Copper House Gallery and all are welcome, so drop by to see some award-winning illustration and find out more about the mysterious Magic Monkey.....
This short video produced here at Fire, reveals the story of our Illustration at Fire competition. We followed the judges as they met to chose their final 10, right through to the announcing of the winner at The Copper House Gallery exhibition opening . This story narrates the journey of our 10 finalists work, from print to exhibition.
But less of the chit chat, have a look for yourselves. Enjoy!
Last night The Copper House Gallery hosted a delightful evening with Steve Simpson, Kevin McSherry and Mario Sughi. With an intimate group setting, Kevin McSherry began the talk. He gave us the great pleasure of riffing through his personal sketch pads, before he cycled into the night!
Mario Sughi then went on to discuss his Illustration at Fire entry, whilst taking many queries from the group about his inspiration as an Illustrator. Steve Simpson finished up the engaging evening by discussing the path that led him to become an Illustrator (including working with Danger Mouse!) and then proceeded to discuss his winning Illustration, 'Signs of Revolution'.
With less than three weeks to Christmas, we can feel the panic starting to bite! No presents bought, no idea's for that person who has everything... Well we may be able to help you with that one!
Following our Illustration at Fire competition we have Limited Edition prints of the 10 finalists work. The prints are available in three different finishes and sizes. The Copper House Gallery is home to the Illustration at fire exhibition, where you can browse through the fantastic Illustrations and see which one tickles your fancy.
The Copper House Gallery will host an artists talk with the winner of the Illustration at Fire competition, Steve Simpson, this Thursday 8th of December at 6.00pm. Steve will be joined by two finalists, Mario Sughi and Kevin McSherry as they each discuss influences and processes behind their 'Revolution' themed Illustrations.
The Illustration at Fire exhibition opened last week and is home to the 10 finalists work. It will run up to the 22nd of December and the gallery is open from 9.00am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday. We're just off Synge street so pop into us if you fancy a break from the Christmas shopping! Follow us on twitter and facebook to keep up to date with the exhibition and the artist's talk. Hope to see you all there!