ST. MACDARA’S ISLAND.
This is a tiny island about a half-mile long, off the coast of Co.Galway. It was home to St. Macdara Connemara’s most respected saint, back in the sixth century. He built a one-room chapel here, with a dirt floor, walls of huge stones and a steep stone roof. In 1975 the church was restored and today it is considered one of the finest early Christian oratories in Ireland.
“As St. Macdara who is included in a cartouche within the painting, is the patron saint of fishermen, the Galway Hookers lower their sails as they pass the cross on the island. Also, the fishermen on these boats do not fish on 16th July as it is the feast day of this saint. I tried to get a sense of excitement of the homecoming of the Hooker as it arrived into the bay and to include the scenic, religious and seafaring atmosphere of this small island.”
CityJet, the Irish airline, commissioned the internationally renowned artist, Jim Fitzpatrick, to create images that would reflect the mythology, history and natural environment of Ireland’s islands. These remote islands, nearly as far west as one can get in Europe, are hidden gems and places of staggering natural beauty. In some cases history and folklore are all that’s left today of some of the smaller islands. The once vibrant fishing communities are now deserted, a haunting landscape of roofless cottages and grass covered potato ridges. The islands uniquely reveal to the resolute traveller a rare glimpse of Irish life over the centuries: bronze age settlements, promontory forts used by marauding Celtic tribes, small early Christian chapels, the rocky remains of Norman forts and the burial sites of islanders. This collection includes paintings depicting the following islands: Bere, Clare, Rathlin, Tory, Skellig Michael & St. Macdara
The A4 8×11, A3 11×16 and A2 23×16 are printed by me in my studio. The A1 33 x 23 prints are colour lithographic prints on white 300gsm heavy textured linen finish stock already printed. All prints are reproductions made directly from the original painting/drawing and are as close to the original as is possible.
A4 8.30”x 11.7” and A3 16.5″ x 11.69″ prints are Signed Open Edition.
A2. 16.5 inches x 23 inches (408 mm x 585 mm). Are Signed Limieted editions of 295
A1: 33.1″x 23.4″ Prints are colour lithographic prints on white 300gsm heavy textured linen finish stock, Signed Limited Editions of 275 ( of which CityJet/Air France own 250. I have 25 artists copies which I am selling here) and are embossed as proof of authenticity.
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