STAIGUE FORT. COUNTY KERRY.
Staigue Fort is a partially ruined Iron Age fortress on the Iveagh Peninsula built around 350 AD as a place of worship and as a defensive stronghold for a local warlord or king. Built without mortar using only raw stone and is an amazing and beautiful feat of engineering.
Whenever I am in that neck of the woods I cannot resist a visit. It is quite imposing and inspiring.
NOTES ON TECHNIQUE. July 2014.
All the Celtic artworks shown here are executed in pen, ink and acrylic paint on flexible acrylic vellum drafting film.
I developed this technique, or method of work, over forty-five years ago when I worked in advertising and later as a freelance artist; it is tried and trusted. My first efforts using this method of work had minor flaws but gradually I refined the technique and tested it thoroughly on a number of rough sample artworks which I left out in extreme weather conditions in Ireland and later again when I lived in Connecticut USA.
With temperatures below freezing in the winter and above 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer in the USA I learned what paints, inks and colours held their vibrancy and remained stable to such extremes and more importantly, I also learned which paints, inks and colours not to use on this unique and flexible material.
Impervious to weather, woodworm, and insect activity this technique, the materials and drafting film are the same as used in many of my more famous works, from the simple black and white pen and ink original of the Che Guevara Poster from 1968 to the later, more sophisticated artworks: Thin Lizzy album covers like ‘Black Rose’ and ‘Johnny the Fox’ through to the paintings for ‘The Book of Conquests’ and ‘The Silver Arm’.
Right now, above my fireplace where they have been for the past 30 years, are the twin artworks ‘Diarmuid and Gráinne’ and ‘Conánn of the Fianna’, both as fresh and vibrant as the day they were painted.
Whenever I have exhibited my Celtic Art I simply remove the work from the frames, roll it up in tissue and carry it in a tube straight onto a plane -just as I did for exhibition at San Diego ComicCon back in the day and art shows in Tokyo, New York and London over the years -and more recently for my exhibition in Paris.
LIKE ALL ARTWORK, MY PAINTINGS MUST NOT BE HUNG IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT. THE SAME APPLIES TO PRINTS.
Otherwise no problems J
PS. If you purchase one of my original artworks it will be delivered via UPS or An Post in a sealed tube, registered and insured against loss or damage.