An on-going project of illustrated portraits of fictional characters from excellent songs on Instagram along with a Spotify playlist.
Visit www.instagram.com/songcharacters/ to reveal who they all are if you haven’t guessed!
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This project was commission by Dublin City Council with the Docklands Arts Fund. The mural is constructed on metal sheets attached to hoarding which is 120 feet in length. The hoarding was installed in May 2017 and will be in place for the next two years on Custom House Quay.
My tribute to Dubliners in Dublin’s Docklands includes 60 unique life-size portraits of people who took part in the #DrawMeDocklands Social Media campaign which was run by Dublin City Council and Business to Arts in Autumn 2016. During the campaign people were encouraged to submit portrait selfies using the hashtag #DrawMeDocklands.
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.
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.
My contribution to the amazing City of Physics campaign in Dublin.
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.
Artwork from various Screen Print projects I worked on with Damn Fine Print in Dublin.
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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.
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.