My name is Clinton Kirkpatrick and I am a painter working in Ireland. I moved home 3 years ago where I have steadily had new exhibitions and I am now working towards my largest ever solo in a massive space in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, in March 2012. In May and June 2011 I ventured out to Kenya to work with HIV/Aids awareness, work in a school and (unexpectedly) began to teach drawing to two different groups of youths.
Utterly, completely and truely amazed by the drawing that the guys did during the short time we had lessons, I was proud to have met them, taught them and learnt from them. Even though they inspired me as an artist considerably I subsequently inspired them to start their own studio and to this day, 4 months later, they are continuing to draw.
The week before I came home from Kenya I got offered a solo exhibition confirmed for the Waterfront Hall in Belfast (things happen when they happen right?!). This pushed me into full time art as I quickly realised I had much work to create over the next number of months.
I want my catalogue to be more than just that of showing my paintings. I now correspond on a regular basis with one friend in particular in Kenya. When I met Jetmark, he told me that he was a writer. I was simply blown away by some of the words he let me read.
You see I gained so much insight into many many things in Kenya. My painting is stronger than ever and I made so many great friends out there. And I want to give something back to those friends I met. I want to feature some of Jetmarks words, from a letter he wrote to me, in my publication because I don't know if this young guy from a slum will ever really get the chance to have his work publicised. He has inspired me for a new abstract called 'Hope' which will be in my show. The concept for the painting came after reading his words regarding his perception of hope and what it means.
The catalogue will be a collection of paintings, words, letters and photographs dedicated to the inspiring people I worked with in Kenya. After all it was them who have completely inspired my new work. I am not in a position to afford to fund my own catalogue unfortunately. This is where I would completely appreciate any contributions you could make. Check out the rewards I am offering in return for financial support. Peace out folks!
Update posted on Friday 24th February '12 @ 12:02:48
The catalogue is at print as we speak!! It has finally made it there. Proud of this exhibition and proud of you all who helped me get to it. You should have all received an invite in the post. I know a lot of you will not be there, but really you are in the form of helping me pull together this catalogue!!
Soon after the show. Prob in a week and a half catalogues and everything will be on its way to you also.x
The end is near! Only the beginning!!
Update posted on Sunday 4th December '11 @ 02:12:58
Amazing to have the support of all of you to make this project happen! The end of today and the Fund It project will be closed!!! Thank you all so so much for making this happen for me! Watch me pull this all together now and keep posted on my facebook page for all the developments! I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT ALL YOUR SUPPORT! Forever a thank you!!xx
Update posted on Sunday 13th November '11 @ 12:11:27
To EVERYONE who has so kindly given to this project.... you are all amazing!!!! There is no way on this earth I would have been able to do this without your help! And its now going to happen! AND with still 3 weeks to raise some additional funds! I want something at the end of this to be so proud of ! so I better hurry the hell up with getting the paintings ready for the show! haha. meeting this week with my publication designer, who has in turn offered to help me stretch the budget AS FAR A POSSIBLE to get the most out of this! AMAZING! LOVE LOVE LOVE.xx
One week in!!
Update posted on Monday 31st October '11 @ 01:10:54
One week in and 40% funded!! Huge amazing thankyou to those who have donated so far! A long way to go to reach the target but lets see what happens! THANKS!! I want this to happen even more so now!!