Jim FitzPatrick http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com Jim FitzPatrick, creator of the Che Guevara Poster, Thin Lizzy and Celtic Irish Fantasy Art. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Irish Writers: new prints of my 70’s posters. http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/irish-writers-new-prints-of-my-70s-posters/ Sun, 03 Jul 2016 22:44:44 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=4623 Irish writers byJF

Irish Writers series.
Vintage poster prints by Jim Fitzpatrick from the early 70s.

To check out the individual prints click here!

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, when every main street from San Francisco to Dublin and London had a poster , zanaflex drug shop, I was quite a prolific producer of graphic posters, decorative, artistic and political.
This Irish writers mini-series was an attempt to publish a series of 10 posters celebrating great Irish writers and was split between at least three different publishers, here in Dublin, where I lived, and in London.

All these posters were produced between 1972 and 1973.
The first posters were commissioned by Criterion Press of Dublin and were part of a very quirky set of six images.

Two were black and silver Celtic Goddess posters and two more were very Jack Kirby influenced comic style images while the last two were more intellectual: the James Joyce image and the two-colour poster of Oscar Wilde.  Irish writers, Irish, writers, Joyce, Wilde, Behan, Beckett, Yeats, Ireland, Irish Literature, James Joyce W.B. Yeats, William Butler Yeats, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Jim Fitzpatrick, Portraits, Portrait, Irish writer portrait, Irish writers Portraits, graphic art,

The posters of W.B.Yeats, Brendan Behan -and the black and white Oscar Wilde -were produced for Hobson Morris, Dublin, while in London the arthouse publishers, Motif Editions, run by the legendary Edward Booth-Clibborn (who absolutely loved my work) produced an original series of six Celtic Goddess posters -and reprinted the purple Oscar Wilde poster then commissioned the Samuel Beckett poster.

Since Sam Beckett was alive and well I wrote to him, through a mutual friend, asking his permission to use his image for a drawing to be published as poster and sent him Behan, Yeats and Joyce.
I received a reply, written in his characteristic crabby handwriting on a personal business card with the following message:
‘Thank you very much for thinking of me
but please wait till I am quite dead’
-signed Samuel Beckett.
I went ahead anyway and I gather he was quite amused if not quite dead.

In the end I never had a chance to finish the set and just like my intended series on the 1916 rebels, all were abandoned when the IRA bombs went off in London and Birmingham and all things Irish were, understandably, verboten.

I could write an essay on traveling to London and trying to work in both cities as an artist. I had quit my very highly paid job as a Creative Director in advertising and a couple of cataclysmic events conspired to put me out of the UK market.
I remember first the ‘Oil Crisis’ –when the oil producers decided to pump up the price of oil tenfold, culminating in long queues outside every petrol station. Recession followed rapidly and the poster market collapsed.
Aer Lingus, our national airline, used it’s state monopoly to hike up their prices massively, charging today’s equivalent of a disgraceful €2,000 for a return ticket to London (no RyanAir then….).
But the straw that broke the camel’s back and my promising career as a poster artist was the IRA bombing campaign.
The perfect storm engulfed me and even though I had great success with my first book ‘Celtia’ and other graphic art commissions it was really Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy which turned the tide and allowed me to feed and educate my family. But that’s another story for another day…

-Jim FitzPatrick. 2016

PS. The original artwork for the black and white Oscar Wilde poster and another artwork for a poster of George Bernard Shaw ‘disappeared’ when in the possession of Hobson Morris, now sadly defunct.
The Oscar Wilde image is my only record and is not as fine as the other reproductions as I had to rework it from a postcard.
Unfortunately I have no record of the George Bernard Shaw artwork but if anyone out there has a copy, no matter how poor, I would be extremely grateful indeed to get hold of it.

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The Seven Signatories of the Irish Proclamation. http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/the-seven-signatories-of-the-irish-proclamation/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:17:53 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=4319 7sig SlideB

The Seven Signatories of the Irish Proclamation by Jim FitzPatrick.

This is not the Ireland they died for!

Jim Fitzpatrick, creator of the iconic 1968 Ché Guevara revolutionary poster has now finished his new series of Irish Revolutionaries!

‘I was compelled to start working on this new Irish Revolutionaries series when I saw how the government was attempting to airbrush the heroes of 1916 from history, not mentioning them in the centenary celebrations.

When you read the proclamation you see how much work is yet to be done and in fact how we are being sold out.
One simple example from the Irish Proclamation: ‘We declare the right of the Irish people to the ownership of Ireland…’.
Think of the huge multi-billion euro Corrib gas field and its handover to Shell, lock, stock and barrel -free of any royalties due to the Irish people -by a corrupt government minister who retired on a vast gold-plated pension while successive Fianna Fail and Fine Gael/Labour governments allowed a police state to be created in Rossport to facility this looting of our natural resources. Now Shell will pocket all the billions of profit and evade all the tax they can. The list goes on and on and…

Even as we celebrate this great centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising there are those, Irish politicians -and their patrons, the developers -who happily erase our history just to get a few more euros in their pockets. The very site of the last hours of the provisional government of 1916 and where the rebels surrendered, the Moore Street battlefield, was due to be demolished but with activists occupying the buildings and now with the recent High Court ruling to preserve them against the governments wishes there is new hope. The list of demolished battlefield buildings is endless too.

Time to take these vandals on, fight back and honour those who fought against such venal and corrupt gangsters.

I really want these iconic portraits of Irish Revolutionaries to remind them that we refuse to forget the sacrifices of so many Irish men and women. I want these portraits to have pride of place in your home. I want YOUR children and grandchildren to see them, to know their names, to remember them and their sacrifice. At a time of such uncertainty these are people who can inspire us.
I want you and your children to stand by the real Republic, the Republic of the Proclamation.

I have done this before. The Ché Guevara image I created in 1968 is seen wherever there is discontent or revolution in part because I deliberately shared it with revolutionary groups around the world. buy tramadol online us. This is why I have created a selection of free digital prints for download. I want these images to be popular, to proliferate.
Our revolutionaries died for our freedom, let’s remember their names’.

The seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation: Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, Padriac Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett.

We Will Remember!

Jim FitzPatrick. Artist. Ireland.

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Tom Clarke Irish Revolutionaries Blog Post http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/tom-clarke-irish-revolutionaries-blog-post/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:51:52 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=3958 TOM CLARKE. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
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Kathleen Clarke

Before execution, he asked his wife Kathleen to give this message.
Message to the Irish People, 3 May 1916.

‘I and my fellow signatories believe we have struck the first successful blow for Irish freedom. The next blow, which we have no doubt Ireland will strike, will win through. In this belief, we die happy.’

 

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Thomas Clarke outside his shop in Parnell-Street.

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Tom Clarke’s Shop today

Tom Clarke had a tobacconists shop near the top of Parnell Street at the junction of O’Connell and my own maternal grandfather Martin O’Connor had a pub on the same street.
Tom would pop in after work for a drink and by all accounts was a lovely man but a fanatical Irish republican. My more famous grandfather Thomas FitzPatrick, latterly described as ‘The Cartoon Wing of the Nationalist Movement’ (Frank McNally in the Irish Times), was himself a Fenian and of course knew many of those later executed and imprisoned. I do not know if he also knew Clarke but it seems very very likely as he worked with the Fenian movement and later with the Irish Republican Brotherhood.
Martin O’Connor on the other hand was a simple man, a publican and a nationalist and he and his very young wife of 25 died in the Great Flu in 1910 when my mom was 10 years old but nevertheless had many memories of people like Tom Clarke as had my grandaunt who knew him well it seems. Anyway I grew up thinking this old grandaunt was my own grandmother but that’s another story.

After the Rising was defeated by the British Army and the rebels rounded up Tom, the Provisional Government President, was quite an old man at this point and tired, beaten and exhausted, was ordered by an upper-class Irish RIC police officer (named Percival Lee Wilson if I remember correctly) to strip in public in the yard of the Rotunda Hospital in front of everyone including the British officers laughing at all this –and the nurses attending the wounded.
Michael Collins, who witnessed this cruel humiliation, swore that he would one day get revenge and t years later he did just that.
According to my mother Wilson spent the last few years of his life waiting for the knock on his door and one day it came. The Irish don’t get mad, we get even.

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The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

A Murder Mystery.
One strange and very unexpected consequence of this was that Wilson’s widow gave a few beautiful paintings to the Jesuits.
Years later in the mid 80s, another friend of mine Andrew O’Connor (yep he’s on Facebook and a grandson of another of my grandfather’s friends, the sculptor Andrew O’Connor, who studied with Rodin) saw the painting with his colleague Sergio Benedetti and over time identified it correctly as a Caravaggio (worth between 30-40 million) which now resides in out National Gallery bequeathed to the Irish nation.

If Tom Clarke had not been humiliated and Wilson not murdered by Collins in retaliation it, the lost Caravaggio, would still be buried in obscurity.

 

PS.  My grandfather on my mom’s side was publican and republican Martin O’Connor of 212 Parnell Street, not Thomas O’Connor -as I erroneously wrote here originally. Now corrected

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Click here for the print!

Brief summery of Tom Clarke during the 1916 Easer Rising
From the Wiki:
Clarke was stationed at headquarters in the General Post Office during the events of Easter Week, where rebel forces were largely composed of Irish Citizen Army members under the command of Connolly. Though he held no formal military rank, Clarke was recognized by the garrison as one of the commanders, and was active throughout the week in the direction of the fight, sharing the fortunes of his comrades.[8] Following the surrender on 29 April, Clarke was held in Kilmainham Jail until his execution by firing squad on 3 May at the age of 59. He was the second person to be executed, following Patrick Pearse.
Before execution, he asked his wife Kathleen to give this message. Message to the Irish People, 3 May 1916.

A short history of the Easter Rising:
In 1916, in a rebellion known as the Easter Rising, a small group of uniformed and organized but poorly armed Irish patriots took on the might of the British Empire and sought to end 800 years of subjugation and oppression.
 Although totally outnumbered, for twelve extraordinary days in May 1916, they fought the British army to a standstill until finally forced to surrender as prisoners of war.
 Most were promptly executed without mercy and with their executions the Irish people, who initially had rejected them as hopeless dreamers and troublemakers, were so outraged by these brutal murders that they rose in huge numbers against the British and eventually succeeded, after years of armed struggle and massive help from the Irish diaspora in America, in ejecting the British and declaring independence.

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New Prints! http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/new-prints-2015/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 01:33:14 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=3646 New Print Collections

All Prints are sign by artist Jim FitzPatrick. All 24×16 and 33×23 are also limited editions and embossed for authenticity.

Irish RevolutionariesIrish Revolutionaries, Easter 1916, easter Rising 1916, James Connolly, Padraic Pearse, Sir Roger Casement

Celtic Irish Landscape Prints

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Celtic Irish Fantasy Prints

Gods and men

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THE HISTORY OF THE JAMES CONNOLLY IMAGE http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/the-history-of-the-james-connolly-image/ Wed, 23 Sep 2015 03:41:01 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=3322 The History of the James Connolly Image

JAMES CONNOLLY blog post

Way back in 1968-9 I was doing a lot of graphic artwork for Mick Ryan and Cathal Goulding of the Workers Party. I did a series for them that included book covers for Seán Cronin and others and a poster of Irish patriot Kevin Barry (right), a Irish Revolutionaries, Ireland, Jim FitzPatrick, Irish, Kevin Barryyoung 18 padraic pearse, Padraig Pearse, Irish Revolution, Irish, Irish Revolutionaries, Jim FitzPatrick, Ireland, Artyear old Blackrock rugby player, who was captured, tortured and executed by the British in 1918 to massive public anger and outrage.

 I was also producing a series of posters of Irish patriots and writers for different Dublin publishers and we got as far as Pearse (left) and Barry when all hell broke loose up in Northern Ireland and I immediately started producing a series of political posters and other works aimed at highlighting the brutality of the Crown Forces in the north (below).

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James Connolly, Irish Revolutionary, Irish Revolutionaries, Ireland, Irish, Jim FitzPAtrickMartin Luther King, MLK, Jim FitzPatrickMalcolm X, Jim FitzPatrickJames Connolly was obviously high among my list of heroes of the time and I already had a sketch of the projected work that also included Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.  You can imagine the loud silence that greeted this idea of publishing posters of such radical thinkers and revolutionaries in the climate of political tension  that existed at that time. Understandably, no one would touch them.

 

 

 

10.james connolly photo ref11.james connolly herron.2015lowSo it has taken a little while for this tribute to James Connolly to appear but better late than never. I produced it as one of a projected series of three ‘Irish Revolutionaries’ for sale on my website and once artist/activist Bobby Ballagh invited me to join him and the likes of James Connolly Heron (right, beside the reference photo of James Connolly), grandson of the great man himself, in ‘Reclaim 1916’, I gave them the rights to a smaller A3 print to raise funds for the movement.
Note: Bobby and myself have been friends a long time now and it turned out that myself and James Connolly Heron had been footballers together back in the day in Herbert Park and I had even done a logo for his rock band way back too.
Ireland can be a small place 🙂

For my original James Connolly Irish revolutionary Print: http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/product-category/irish-revolutionaries/

My own limited edition version has no lettering. Size as Che poster, signed numbered and embossed by me personally, edition 95, price €295.

The ‘Reclaim 1916’ one is €125 for A2 size (half size A1 Che) and edition of 250, via Sandra at Mandate Trade Union 087 632 3178

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REVOLUTION NOW! James Connolly Irish Revolutionary. http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/revolution-now-james-connolly-irish-revolutionary/ Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:02:52 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=3298 REVOLUTION NOW! JAMES CONNOLLY blog post

James ConnollyJames Connolly was always a hero of mine.

For me, Connolly represented the workers, the laborers, the poor, the disenfranchised and the cannon fodder of the British Empire.
James Connolly was the great Marxist, socialist, pragmatist and revolutionary and I believe his voice is also the voice of the Proclamation of Independence.

 The Proclamation, amongst other superb provisions, states clearly:2006-3-15-proclamation
1. ‘We declare the right of the Irish people to the ownership of Ireland…’                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yep, our natural resources belong to us, not Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael Quislings -or Mr. Big -or Shell, who loot our natural gas and pay NO royalties to Ireland thanks to that corrupt, venal politician Ray Burke who still collects a pension of over €110,000.
2. ‘…and the unfettered control of Irish destinies to be sovereign and indefeasible’
Now we have to ask unelected EU thugs if we can fart while they impose the gambling losses of their banks on Irish citizens with the help of  the most corrupt politicians in Irish history.
3. ‘…guarantees civil and religious liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all it’s citizens.’
Yep, women included, way back in 1916 but today still have only limited rights in Ireland.
4. ‘…cherishing all of the children equally’
Yeah right! No need to point out how that has gone so far.

Guards_force_digger_through_crowd_0We need to overthrow this forelock-tugging bunch of mé-feiners and strip them of their vast gold-plated pensions, sick salaries, endless allowances etc… We need to overthrow the entire political and legal system that supports and protects them.
We need a new police force, a real cheap soma. Irish Citizens Army that does not act as a security force for the SiteServs and Shells of this world.
We need a proper legal system dedicated to equality for all before the law not the present absolutely immoral and deeply corrupt two-tier system of justice that protects the rich and the most corrupt.

And that’s only for starters. Time to enforce the entire Proclamation, time to follow the path of Connolly and Pearse. Revolution Now!

Jim FitzPatrick. 2015

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For my original James Connolly Irish revolutionary Print: http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/product-category/irish-revolutionaries/

My own limited edition version has no lettering. Size as Che poster, signed numbered and embossed by me personally, edition 95, price €295.

The ‘Reclaim 1916’ one is €125 for A2 size (half size A1 Che) and edition of 250, via Sandra at Mandate Trade Union 087 632 3178

 

-B&W picture is James Connolly.

-The red background drawing is a close up of my print of James Connolly.

-The gold document is the Irish Proclamation. Give it a read!

-The struggle with the Gardaí is from www.shelltosea.com

 

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James Connolly. Irish Revolutionary. Executed 1916. http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/james-connolly-irish-revolutionary-executed-1916/ Mon, 07 Sep 2015 15:57:38 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=3264 connolly print proof.reclaim1916cu

You can buy this print here: http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/shop/irish-revolutionaries/james-connolly/

The Easter Rising/Aiséirí na Cásca 1916.

James Connolly has long been one of my own heroes of the Irish Rebellion, known to every Irish schoolkid as  ‘The Rising’.

In 1969 I did my first attempt at a poster of Connolly but I could not find a publisher, today I can publish whatever I wish myself thanks to the great leap forwards in technology since those wonderful, rewarding but primitive days of screen printing by hand.

This year, 2015, I decided to do a short series commemorating the heroes of the period, especially the executed men who paid for their armed idealism with their lives in the cause of Irish freedom.

I had the original artwork for James Connolly completed in early April and uploaded it on social media, printed out a few copies myself and then I was invited by artist/activist Bobby Ballagh to be a patron of ‘Reclaim 1916’ launched after the disastrous FineGael, Labour government attempt to wipe out the names of the executed from their touchy-feely commemorations for 1916-2016.

(see link below)

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/don-t-mention-the-war-1916-video-fails-to-mention-rising-1.1999460

It was no surprise that a Quisling mindset would dominate the celebration of our fight for freedom when these same political parties, FineGael, Labour, and the appalling Cowen FiannaFáil government, sold the Irish people out to their EU ECB ReichsBank masters and inflicted on us all and our children -and grandchildren -the biggest transfer of wealth from the ordinary Irish citizen to the corrupt legal, banking and business elite since Oliver Cromwell transferred 64% of the national wealth of Ireland from one section of the Irish people to the already wealthy British and Irish elite whose venal genetic stream still control our economy today despite the efforts and writings of Connolly.

PS. All views here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of all patrons and supporters of ‘Reclaim 1916’.

I don’t think many would disagree but we all have our own opinions and are free to express them. 

At the launch of ‘Reclaim 1916’ I presented my old Herbert Park football friend James Connolly Heron with a copy of my tribute to his illustrious grandfather. He and Bobby Ballagh were quite taken by it and as a result I gave them the right to produce a limited edition A2 (23″x16″) print of my new image with the legend ‘Reclaim 1916’ in logotype for their edition.

I intend, as I had originally, to continue selling my own larger A1 size, signed and numbered edition of 95 only on my website.

I also intend to delay the launch of my own print to give the ‘Reclaim 1916’ a good sales run for badly needed funding so grab this special print while you can from here: https://www.facebook.com/reclaimthevision1916?fref=photo&sk=photos

The James Connolly ‘Reclaim 1916’ A3 (23″x16) signed and numbered limited edition (250) copies only) print also directly available here: Just call Sandra at 087 6323178. Price is €125 via Mandate Trade Union. All funds go to fund ‘Reclaim 1916’ .

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Presenting my own print of James Connolly to his grandson James Connolly Heron, center, with writer Tim Pat Coogan to his left.

 

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Proof print for James Connolly ‘Reclaim 1916’ print on the right. All sales go to ‘Reclaim 1916.

Note: Print on left is my own signed, numbered, embossed, limited edition (95 0nly) A1 size print, without the Reclaim 1916’ logo, is available via onhealthy my website. I have sold numbers 01, 02 only and have held off promoting it to allow the above ‘Reclaim 1916’ limited print to grab proper attention and raise badly needed funds for the ‘Reclaim 1916’ project.

Meanwhile if you want the larger original A1 (33″x23″) James Connolly print -signed, numbered and embossed by me personally -here’s the link:

http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/shop/irish-revolutionaries/james-connolly/

Thanks everyone for the amazing interest in this new series. Next up: Padraic Pearse. Jim.

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Anna Nudes. 2000. http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/anna-nudes/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:41:50 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=3126

A series of nudes created for a model I was working with back in 2000. Anna wanted a record of herself and onhealthy has no problem with this upload. She loves the drawings. I wanted to get a kind of retro feel to them so I used a washed sanguine underdrawing on the paper and then redrew over the washed out image.

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DarkThrone. Black Heart Metal, Ulster Loyalists and The Battle of Moira 1980. http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/darkthrone-black-heart-metal-ulster-loyalists-and-the-battle-of-moira-1980/ Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:46:22 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=1928

THE BATTLE OF MOIRA. 1980

This is a painting of mine from 1980 titled ‘The Battle of Moira’ was commissioned by my friend Ian Adamson for the cover of his book of the same name and later I added to this series by producing a painting of the Setanta, CúChulainn, the Hound of Ulster, the greatest warrior in Early Irish Mythology, for the cover of his book, ‘The Cruitin’ -an essay on the genealogy and heritage of the Loyalist, Protestant, Scots-Irish people of Northern Ireland.

Ian was the Independent Unionist representative for the Shankill area of Belfast and, like myself, felt strongly that the Loyalist/Protestant tribal people were wrongly and erroniously labeled by the Nationalist (I’m still one and an Irish Catholic -despite the clerical paedos) as just a bunch of English/British Planters. Of course there were Planters who robbed the Irish of their lands but there were also indigenous peoples of a different persuasion here too from earliest times and many of the present wild tribe we call ‘Loyalists’ are in fact more Scots-Irish than Irish but Ireland is in their DNA since earliest times and they remain fiercely independent too to this day, often without understanding the reasons for their singular and separate identity. They too were persecuted by the British and rose in rebellion against the Crown many times and their kith and kin were driven from Ireland -not by the Gaelic Irish -but by the religious persecution of the British Anglican church.

From them came many past American presidents whose names are honoured in the USA and hardly even know here at home.

Don’t be fooled by the thugs you see on Television news either. The real Loyalist people I know are warm friendly and full of wicked humour. But not all; I remember that brutish mass-murderer of innocent Catholics, (who I cannot name but we all know who I mean) bragging that this book, with my cover of CúChulainn, was his ‘Bible’.

I tried to explain that the book contained words, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and nouns and they were sweet fuckall use if you couldn’t read. I remember too that when it was first published by the UDA and featured in a great window display that same yokel went in demanding that it be removed. Quote; ‘What’s that Taig muck doing in the window?”. He was too thick and uneducated to understand what this book represented; a challenge to all the pre-concieved notions of Irish, British, Loyalist lineage and heritage. So much for declaring later it was his ‘Bible’.

I had my life threatened by him once in the bar of the Wellington Arms, in Belfast. Luckily I was alert and sober for that one but I was rescued but a great buddy of mine, the Shankill photographer Buzz Logan, who I figured would save my ass anyway. I also was a friend of the then ‘Vicar’ of the Shankill, the wonderful Reverend Brian Smeeton so I had a bit of heavy artillery on my side if I needed it.

Every picture tells a story but this one tells many.

The original Battle of Moira was the subject of an epic poem called ‘Congal’ by the great Ulster poet and patriot Sir Samuel Ferguson.

Ferguson’s account of the battle has long been regarded as one of the greatest epic poems of all. Titled ‘Congal’ from the name of the principal participants of the great battle, Congal Clean, King of Ulster. Congal fought to maintain the sovereignty of Ulster against the powerful Uí Neill dynasty. His huge army of Ulstermen, Cruitin, Scots, Angles, Saxons, Vikings, Franks and Britons were defested decisively by the Gaelic armies of Leinster, Connaught and Leath Mogha (Southern Ireland).

Congal was slain in the battle and with him died allhope of Ulster’s independence from Gaelic Ireland.

After the Battle of Moira Ulster was subjugated by the powerful Uí Neill (O’Neill) dynasty, the old Bardic order was overthrown and the migration of the Cruitin, Old Scots and Ulaid -all pre-Celtic tribes of Ancient Ireland -to the kingdom of Dal-Riada Alba (modern Scotland) was accelerated and continued up to the time of the Elizabethan plantations.

The rest is history and today we still have to learn to live together as the consequences of the Plantations and the slaughter of the native Gaelic people continue to reverberate up to this day in Northen Ireland after a vicious 35 year civil war.

DARKTHRONE. UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE. 2013.

I was approached by DarkThrone last year, 2012, to allow them to use my painting “The Battle of Moira’ for their new album cover for ‘The Underground Resistance’, a classic Black Metal band album. Back in the day I loved Trash Metal, Speed metal and pretty any kind of raucous rock music so I knew this would be a good one except for the fact that money was tight, very tight. In the end I agreed a small fee so the project could go ahead and besides I loved the music. Despite the bad rap Black Metal gets in the media it is not neo-Nazi stuff and as far as I am aware and having checked via the web I am pretty sure that does not apply in any way, shape or form with DarkThrone.

An American friend of mine did remind me that when he was servingwith the 84th Airborne in Iraq and Afganistan this was their music of choice. I could easily understand that one: if I was in a war zone and needed psyching up my choice of ambient noise blasting from the speakers would not be ‘The Sound of Music’.

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MOSTLY WOMEN. Works in Progress.2013 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/mostly-women-works-in-progress-2013/ Sat, 25 May 2013 21:42:55 +0000 http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/?p=1875  

MOSTLY WOMEN.

Mostly Women. Works in Progress. Secret stuff.

Please note: No images in this section to be reproduced in any shape or form without the written permission of Jim FitzPatrick.

I am a working artist and I paint or draw every day as I have all my life.

Almost all the work I produce is drawn from the strands of  my own personal obsessions; my graphic art, my Celtic work and my long running ‘Mostly Women’ project.

Those of you familiar with my art will remember the more iconic works I have produced over the last couple of decades; the red and black Che Guevara Poster of 1968, now regarded as one of the most important and http://medicines4all.com iconic graphic art works of the last century; my album cover artwork for Irish band Thin Lizzy -and the iconic Black Rose cover -most who know my work will be familiar with that one too, and finally my Celtic artwork which almost suffers from familiarity here in Ireland.

This blog will be devoted to new work and focus more on my ongoing ‘Mostly Women’ project, started back in 1990, recording the lives and beauty of my female friends and acquaintances with particular emphasis on artworks related to my friend and muse Audi (Audrey Nugent), who inspired me to take this course of action over twenty years ago.

Of course I love producing graphic art and my more well-known Celtic Art -and the myths and Legends of Ireland that inspire and inform these works -but an artist cannot stand still and with a wild monkey-mind that leaps from tree to tree I have no choice but to follow the erratic and often errant muse wherever she takes me.

The sort of work I will post here will be primarily works-in -progress. Don’t be fooled, many of these works have been ‘in progress’ for far too long; I have an attic and hall full of unfinished canvases and folders of drawings in their hundreds, most well and truly completed but with a good percentage still needing more than just finishing.

One of the primary reasons for using this blog to publish this unknown work is to pressure myself to finish each older work rather than keep starting new works. What better way than to announce my intentions and use the blog to force myself to actually see these works through from start to finish. I am sure I am not alone with this problem, unfinished works litter the ouvre of so many artists and sometimes they actually look better unfinished so I will also allow myself a cut-of point that may allow me a little latitude. It’s not as if the world awaits the results of this, my attempt to create a substantial body of new work, but it helps to focus my attention and complete works that I feel deserve completion.

Right now I am back working on a triptych I really always have wanted to finish properly, entitled ‘Girl in a Blue Dress’, modelled by a beautiful friend of mine back in 2007. Conceived and begun in 2007, then abandoned due to various factors not worth getting into here, it was always my intention one day to sort them out and actually finish them but with the beautiful weather in Ireland at this present time I used these as an excuse to set up my easel on the balcony and started back on them this month, on the 21st May 2013.

Here they are as I left them in 2007. I will update as I proceed and show the results only here for the present.

Again I must insist that they are NOT to be reproduced without my written permission. When the time comes I will be quite happy to publish them but not right now.

Jim FitzPatrick.May 2013.

 

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