A brand new large-scale artwork for the back wall of Dubray bookshop as part of their refurbishments on Grafton Street, Dublin.
I worked closely with the super talented team in optimise-design.com and the lovely staff of Dubray who commissioned the artwork. The piece covers the entire back wall of the new children's section in Dubray Grafton Street which wraps around the elevator opening and concealed doors. The clouds I designed were recreated in beautiful handmade wood cuts which bring the 2D piece into the real world.
Recently I was one of 12 artists selected by means of a curated, invited competition (curated by Aisling Prior) to design a large scale piece of artwork for a new building in Stanhope Street School in Dublin as part of the Per Cent for Art. I was pitching against several very talented Irish artists so I was really delighted to have my design chosen as the winner by a committee in October 2014.
The original design I submitted was a simpler concept but I wanted to recreate it with input from the students themselves so all of the characters were designed by the students in fun (and loud) workshops held in the school.
I then took the new ideas we created in the workshops and redesigned the entire illustration. I worked with the incredibly talented Triskill Design who, over the course of three months, used my design to create a gigantic, beautiful 10 x 2.5 meter mosaic to fill the main wall in the schools open plan corridor.
We also created a second 'Welcome' sign in the main foyer using animal characters to draw the viewer around the corner to the larger main piece.
The mosaic was completed and installed in April 2015.
Large scale illustrations for new games room in Crumlin Children's hospital, Dublin. In collaboration with Plus Architecture who designed the room. All characters are from picture book pitches that never saw the light of day so it was great to be able to give them all a home.
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My contribution to the amazing City of Physics campaign in Dublin.
Illustrations from several projects for BMW Mini Ireland
As artist in resident for the Dublin Writers Festival 2014 I was commissioned to create poster artwork as well as come up with a series of children's events that took place during the course of the week.
I arrived at the character of the Dublin Story Bird who wakes once a year and who has lost the power of flight. The only way to help her on her way is to build a home for her (Dublin made from cardboard), pin stories to her to give her wings, and decorate eggs for her nest. Each event was unique and lots of fun.
I was really lucky to get to work with artist Andrew Clancy who built the beautiful 8ft model of the Bird based on my drawingswhich was used in every event.
This is a heavily typographical project I worked on in the latter half of 2013 with McCann Blue agency in Dublin for BAM Construction. The brief was to create 17 large scale illustrations under the title 'The Art of Construction' that would run 400m at the junction at Newlands Cross.
The idea was to illustrate all of the ingredients that will go into N7 Newlands Cross Freeflow that is is currently under construction and will take two years to complete. I wanted to create 17 distinctive illustrations, all hand drawn, conveying the staggering amount of work, material and man-hours that go into a project of the this scale.
I also wanted to keep them as simple as possible so that they would be easy to read and not too distracting for drivers as they pass. At the same time I wanted the artwork to work as a single piece so used a full spectrum of colours to create a gradient as the viewer passes by.
The Hoarding was in place for 2 years until the road was completed.
A live drawing in Jervis Street, Dublin for Schuh Ireland. Based on favourite Dublin characters and quotes.
Two large wall drawings using Posca markers for Target McConnells agency in Dublin. The brief was to capture the heart of the agency, the people who work there and the creative ideas that flow from the teams on a daily basis.
I created this drawing for a screen-print based on Dublin Docklands characters. You might be familiar with some of these folks, a few of which are immortalised as sculptures throughout the city. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is is joined by a Viking, Anna Livia, Phil Lynott, and Mr Screen.
This limited edition hand-made print is available only as part of the Docklands Arts Fund, and was made at the studio of Damn Fine Print. It is A3 in size, with a two colour, half tone process.
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Artwork from various Screen Print projects I worked on with Damn Fine Print in Dublin.
Illustrations and designs for four Dublin based Burrito restaurants. I worked closely with owner Colm McNamara to create the character Pablo Picante to represent the company.
The concept was to create a brand that was authentic and capture the essence of a real taqueria in Mexico. We also worked with the very talented Triskill Design in Dublin who created all of the mosaics and interior paint work which tied it all together.
The food is delicious too.
An on-going project whereby the fruit and vegetables at home are my canvas and the kitchen my studio (everything gets eaten I promise!).