Friday, July 3, 2009

Giant Green Head

I'd forgotten about this one. It was chosen for a group exhibition in the Hunt Museum, Limerick, in 2003, and is a depiction of a sculptured head that was part of the Hunt Museum's own collection, and was sold to an Irish collector a few months later. I always refer to it as my Giant Green Head, but its official name is Study of a Sculptured Head.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Texting on the Cliffs of Moher

I can't remember the title I had for this painting. I included in it a special exhibition in memory of a really lovely person, Philip Hennebry, who had a wonderful ability to see things from odd and unexpected angles.

In June 2006, Philip had just finished the art teacher training course at Limerick School of Art and Design, and attended the class party before they all parted ways to go on with their lives. He had had a lot to drink, and after the party left to go to his girlfriend's to crash. Only he never got there - on the way, he had to walk down a canal path, and as he was very drunk, it was believed that he fell into the water and couldn't get out, and drowned. Everyone who knew him was devastated.

Philip was one of these rare people with the gift of kindness, and was friendly to everyone. He didn't have time for bitching and gossip, and certainly wasn't interested in scoring points at anyone else's expense. He also had the most marvellous sense of humour and was a gifted artist. At his funeral his brother said that Philip would have made a marvellous teacher - I think Philip WAS a marvellous teacher, he taught by example. His former classmates organised an exhibition in his memory in February 2008, and started a MySpace group called the Green Dot.

Taken far too young when full of promise, but will not be forgotten.