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Irish Writers: new prints of my 70’s posters.

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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.

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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


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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.’


Thomas Clarke outside his shop in Parnell-Street.
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


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!

New Print Collections

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

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Celtic Irish Fantasy Prints

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The History of the James Connolly Image


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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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:

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.

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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


For my original James Connolly Irish revolutionary Print:

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