27 Jun 2016

Gallxit


So that's the end of my solo show in Harold's Cross. Feeling very wistful today -I liked being in the space and having friends and randomers strolling in, talking about art, Brexit and football. A fellow artist arrived in last night to collect something from me just before I closed and as I talked, I could feel the energy draining from me (nothing to do with him!) it's just that as it finished, all my alertness and tension fell away. By tomorrow I'll be comatose!

So it'll be on to the next project. La Galerie Impromptu will pop up again, next time as a community event. I'm writing a proposal to Culture Night to host a 6 Pack exhibition https://www.facebook.com/6PackCommunityProject/ 

Hopefully, the space won't have been occupied by then -but there are no guarantees. In the pics I took over the week or so, I felt that the gallery looked just right in that spot. It had a kind of Continental look to it, tucked away in that corner un petit coin du paradis... What do you think all of you out there in Dublin6land? Do 'LIKE' the 6 Pack project FB page at the above link.

23 Jun 2016

The Peacock Guitar



 Joe and Steve Wall (The Walls and formerly of The Stunning) dropped in to see my exhibition in la Galerie Impromptu, Harold's Cross and to play the Peacock Guitar.

 I received the unadorned guitar about eight months ago from Chris Maher of The Musical Youth Foundation and although I began work on it almost immediately, I ran into a couple of difficulties, mostly at the finishing end (there's nothing clear about lacquer!) However, I eventually made it through.

 I made a short video recording the process by which I decorated it -and then the lads give it a blast of, 'Are you Lonesome Tonight' at the end.

For anybody who likes to paint; I used Golden Artist Colours 'Fluid' paint to keep the strokes flat but still intense. In the Golden range are also some iridescent paints which were ideal for some of the bright plumage. The edges and other gold areas are gilded.

 You can still see this artwork at la Galerie Impromptu until Sunday June 26, when the gallery closes and reverts to a disused laundry. The proceeds from the sale of this guitar will go to the Musical Youth Foundation who provide access to an education in music for ALL children in Ireland.

20 May 2016

A Successful Fundit.ie Campaign; Thanks to You


The Fundit.ie campaign for my upcoming show, 'Flights of Fancy' is a few hours from closing and has exceeded expectations. Thank you all for the support and I'm currently working on the rewards for you.
I've attached a design for a poster which will go onto a sandwich board outside the space -and elsewhere around the locality as we come up to the opening date. In the spirit of crowd-activity, do let me know what you think. Squawk!

16 May 2016

What a Song and Dance!


Only 3 days left. *Gulp!* Almost there. To update you all on the 'Flights' project: The venue has been cleared as the Harold's Cross Festival used it as an office and gallery space over the weekend. As always, the Fundit page is here: http://fundit.ie/project/flights-of-fancy-art-exhibition and every little bit helps and will be rewarded.
I'm going to have to do quite a bit of work to level the floor (it's very rough in places), fill in gaps and holes in the wall and do something with the ceiling. A few bags of levelling compound and buckets of elbow grease will do it.
To celebrate the imminent closing of the crowdfunding campaign, I've put together a bit of music on the flight theme:

11 May 2016

Halfway There.

Just under 50% funded for this popup exhibition, Flights of Fancy -and the funding deadline is in 9 days. I've secured the wine and some of the printing outside of Fundit.ie, which will help a great deal.

Have a look at the image at left to see the list of rewards for supporters.
Other news is: I'm going to have a set up in the space itself where you can make your own printed impression from a linocut and take it home with you -just for fun.

6 May 2016

Puffins Puffins Puffins

Well, there's only 14 days to go before the Fundit.ie deadline...at 36% of funding right now...must...have...contingency...plan...
Things are hotting up, chez McSherry. 

Meanwhile, here's a picture of a very handsome man with a painting superglued to his trousers.

If you'd like to help him unglued the painting from his pants and stop him walking around Dublin like a puffin, you can support this exhibition and be REWARDED:

2 May 2016

Cover for my Exhibition Brochure.

Since I upgraded my Mac last year, I've had to come up with an alternative to Photoshop and InDesign and believe me, there's not much choice out there.

I've been using a combination of Pixelmator (€29.99) for the image editing and iStudio Publisher (Just €20.99!) for creation of printed documents. Compare that with the €120 per year for ever of just Photoshop alone. PS is great but bloody hell.

The interface of both these substitutes are clunky (with Pixelmator being the slickest) but I'm getting used to them and I haven't found much functionality that I've missed - neither have anything like the sophistication of Adobe's products. But; they work perfectly well for most of anyone's needs. Scanning, image preparation, a small amount of digital illustration and putting together a perfectly good, professional catalogue.

So the above image is the result of that combination: The cover for my 16 page catalogue for my upcoming exhibition Flights of Fancy.





29 Apr 2016

Flights of Fancy: An Exhibition of Paintings. Harold's Cross. June 16-26






If you would like to collaborate in this show, please visit my Fundit.ie Campaign page to see what rewards I'm offering!


La Galerie Impromptu (286c Harold's Cross Road -right beside The Brick House Café). 

Opening at 6.30pm Thursday June 16. By invitation only. Exhibition runs until June 26.


About the exhibition 


Each year, I hold an exhibition that is completely independent of the gallery system to focus on exploring what's essential in my work, free of external pressures. This is my annual Special Show where you can see me as I am. 
This time, It's going to be a popup gallery! The owner of Rosie O'Grady's bar in Harold's Cross has very generously offered out one of his adjacent units; a shop that fronts onto the main street. It will be over this unit that I will hang the 'La Galerie Impromptu banner.


As an artist, I'm not only interested in the imaginative and conceptual nature of my art; I'm dedicated to the craft side too. For me they're indivisible. I have always wanted to create things with mind AND my hands. My influences are broad: Hopper, definitely; classical painters for their level of craft but also the surrealists. More strongly though, by so-called Pop Culture. I just love great illustration work. The imagination and highly accomplished artistry.

So this is my one-man Cultural Event. These are my Flights of Fancy. This is my own personal Milan and Paris fashion show.


The work in this show is an eclectic mix  -works completed in the last year or so. Although there's no common theme, one thing that re-occurs is that of flight. Flying racing fish; dirigible cricketers; gilded birds and flighty notions.


So, feathered friends; I’m offering you the opportunity to become an integral part of this show: Proceeds from this crowd-funding campaign will cover the costs of framing, refreshments for the opening and talks, publicity and printing of a catalogue and other printed material. In return, my flock, I shall reserve a special place for you in my heart and in the lush pastures, fragrant forests and cool mountains of this benevolent and expanding land, AND what's more you'll even receive something real, that you can hold in your hands änd hang on your wall, in return. Please look at the schedule of the rewards that await supporters and patrons of the arts below. Take wing, citizens! For when we flock together, we are strong!


If you would like to collaborate in this show, please visit my Fundit.ie Campaign page to see what rewards I'm offering!


Below some examples of work to be included:

The Unsolveable Conundrum. Gilded Acrylics on canvas. 20" x 16" 

Cousin Peregrine's Lament. Acrylics on canvas. 8" x 10"

The Terenure Dirigibles. Acrylics on canvas. 14" x 16"

The Rule of Thirds. Acrylics on canvas. 14" x 24"

20 Apr 2016

A eBook Guide for Beginning Illustrators and Client Meetings


After working with many students of illustration in mock interviews and role-plays, I've compiled this useful guide to meetings. It's aimed squarely at those who are just starting out, to give them a good grounding in what they should know BEFORE meeting -and hints on how to present themselves when they do get face to face with a client.  It will help in wasting less time and seeing the incredible value in illustration for your client AND you. This explains all the business stuff that we really don't like as artists.



There's information on how to come up with a price, why having a daily rate is a good idea, notes on contracts and rights assignation. Plus, what to do after these meetings. GET IT NOW. It's downloadable from iTunes (for iPad) and Amazon (as an ePUB file for everything else).

Just under 40 pages, It's written in a witty and engaging way that's more like a conversation in a pub than a textbook. I sincerely hope that this will fill in some of the blanks that face all of us when we embark on our careers in applied art.
Best of luck!
Kevin

18 Apr 2016

To Lismore Castle by Dirigible. Tally-ho!


Next weekend sees another annual 'Towers and Tales' literary festival in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford. There is lots to do and loads of fun activities for children.

I'm very proud to have been invited to show in a group exhibition of Illustrators Guild of Ireland and some other artists, called, 'Meet the Family'. Here's my artwork in it's new (read 'Old') frame. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the paintings in place.

Learn more about the festival and keep up with what's on offer on their Facebook page.