Signs of Life: December 1-7. Zion Gallery Dublin
This show grew out of the pandemic; our world changed, we lost loved ones. There was little else to do for many but watch TV, work from PCs and walk. I discovered corners of my city that I hadn't noticed before. I absorbed the atmosphere of old Dublin and the toll that it was taking on people. Many houses I passed by had people poised over their laptops at their windows, gazing into bright screens. People kept their Christmas lights on until the end of March to bring a little cheer. The air was clearer and the birdsong more plentiful.
I wondered at how the homeless managed in a place where few were able to give cash. A real cashless society. Mostly, I drank in the atmosphere of the old streets of Portobello, Camden Street, and Rathmines and how it's so much better than the online world. Besides; it's time to have a party!
There are many costs attached to holding an exhibition:
- Framing -15 artworks. Approximately €1700.
- Photographing the artwork €500.
- Printing: Catalogue €340
- For Show Opening: Wine/hire of glasses. €200
- Posters for A-frame: €150
- Invitations €60
- Printed Rewards: Depending on reward,- €5 to €60
- Mounts, packaging and delivery for Open Edition printed rewards: €10/print
I've lived and worked as an artist in Dublin for thirty-three years. I've been a regular contributor of illustrations to the Irish Times and Wall Street Journal and my work hangs in the British National Collection.
I've successfully funded two earlier shows using Fundit.ie: The 52nd State of Mind and Flights of Fancy. I've also had exhibitions in the Alliance française, Dublin, represented Ireland in the Alliance in Paris and I've exhibited as part of a group show in Le Louvre, Paris. I represented Ireland again in a group show, "L'archipel d'en Face" in the City of Nantes, France.
This is the fifth solo show I've put on - the work is done, so nailing down the timeline is the hardest task. Allowing time for the framer to do the work is the biggest issue. The catalogue will be designed by me and printers work very fast.
Since this is a solo show entirely created by me, there is no gallery support. I have no other sources of funding. I believe art should stand on it's own merit without subventions from the State. No Arts Council. If it's good, it will succeed. If not, it will fall.
I'm grateful to Dublin arts-collective SUBSET, introduced me to the splendid Zion Gallery in Orwell, Dublin
- All work framed by Nov 28
- Invitations printed and sent by Nov 10,
- Catalogues printed by Nov 28
- Wine/glasses delivered Dec 1
Thank you very much for reading this. I hope you enjoy my work. Each painting means something special to me, either commemorating a simple event like a cycle ride with a friend to Dalkey or my own feelings about our changing world. They're all signs of Life.