Studio upgrade

A little while ago, I set about designing a handrail for the cantilevered glass stairs up to my studio. After that I sourced a master craftsman to construct the metal handrail. The man for the job was Brendan O’Donnell of Brendan Donnell Design at The Maker Shed along with Billy Moore Metalworks.

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Here’s the before…

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And the after!

The fabricators did a top notch job - the metal handrail fits like a glove.

The new handrail certainly changes the look of the stair case - no more floating glass anymore - but it is safe and it makes my studio in to a far more usable space. It’s a big improvement overall!

Click on to my instagram to see more pics of the handrail.

Pigsy in the Designyard, Dublin City

Among all of the incredible jewels and art pieces on sale in the Designyard in Dublin you’ll find a Pigsy on show. It’s “The Extra-Ordinary Crucified for You” and it is a massive piece - the photos of it online don’t do it justice.

Make time to visit the Designyard on South Frederick Street and be sure and tell them that Pigsy sent you!

For further info. click here

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Expressing myself: What I'm working on.....painting about Irish legends

I’m currently working on a piece based on an old legend of Ireland. It is about Fionn Macool the leader of the Na Fianna warriors. The painting features Bran and Sceolang, Fionn’s two dogs and I am looking at the myth from a contemporary view and considering what Ireland needs saving from.

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Art in situ

It’s always amazing to see two things happen when a painting gets hung on a wall.

Number one is that it completely transforms the whole space just by the simple action of putting a painting up. The other thing that happens is that the painting looks so completely different depending on where it is hung. and it also shouts out and appeals to people while it may not have before it was placed on the wall.

Take the below pictured piece. This piece was of no interest what so ever to my wife, after I created it. However, once it was hung and I showed her this pic she was incredulous. She couldn’t believe how much she liked the piece once it was hung. In fact it was a full 360 degree turn from not liking something to LOVING it. Art is funny like that!

In regards to this, my advice would be to try art out. Hang pieces in different spots with different lighting and enjoy how they look and how you feel about them.

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If you are an Art Collector, I’d advise you never discount a piece until you see it in-situ or in a visualization of what it will look like in a particular space. Contact me for more details if you are interested.

Happy Christmas!

Christmas is always a time that I end up looking at the past and considering my time since last Christmas. 2018 has been one hell of a year and I’m thankful for all that has happened - lots of it beyond my wildest dreams. Here’s the highlights….

  1. I returned to London to see the Basquiat exhibition in the Barbican after seeing it and LOVING it in 2017

  2. “Pigsy” by Mike Andrews is completed and entered in to Film Festivals…..the waiting game starts and we wait notice to see if it will be selected for screening

  3. We survive Storm Emma and the “big snow”!

  4. Bones goes to the cinema when the Lighhouse screens a dog friendly showing of Isle of Dogs

  5. I see the Emil Nolde exhibition in the National Gallery

  6. 3 of my pieces are in Incognito

  7. I visit Tenerife for a beautiful wedding and I get to visit the volcano which brings me right back to my childhood when I drove up to it with my parents about 35 years ago!

  8. The 8th is repealed. I am so proud that my wife was one of those who went out and knocked on doors and asked for people to get out and vote Yes for women’s rights……and the people of Ireland responded positively.

  9. I hang out with Kemp as he does stencil work in Hope Brewery - a lot of fun!

  10. Future Islands in Donnybrook Stadium - with a great dinner in Dillingers beforehand

  11. “Pigsy” short film is selected for the Galway Film Festival - it was fairly surreal to see it on the big screen

  12. Wedding in Dingle - everything was awesome about this (fireworks!) and we stayed in the gorgeous Pax Guesthouse

  13. I visit the gaelteacht - the beautiful Carraroe in Galway which is very inspirational

  14. I design a tattoo for a friend

  15. Elvis 68 comeback special is shown in the Stella on my Wedding Anniversary (well we did get married on the day Elvis died)

  16. Bristol! I see my first Banksy in the wild

  17. I attend another great wedding in Ireland just outside of Dublin - great to celebrate with the happy couple.

  18. “Pigsy” screens in the Bristol Film Festival

  19. I get to the Biennale in Venice - dreams do come true!

  20. I show my art in London and get an brilliant response. This was BIG! Click here to read about it all and watch out for news in 2019 about what is next happening.

  21. I sell out of “I Find You Fascinating” limited edition prints - lucky you if you are one of the collectors who got their hands on one of the 10

  22. “Pigsy” goes on to screen in the Cork Film Festival - I’m getting used to walking the red carpet. Lol!

  23. David Byrne plays in Dublin. Unbelievably good. The talent of this man is mind blowing.

  24. We go sailing in the Caribbean - click here to read Enid’s blog about the trip.

  25. Moonhole. Moonhole! I never thought I was going to get to visit Moonhole but somehow I did……the story of how it all happened is for another day.

  26. We go back to London for the screening of “Pigsy” in the Irish Film Festival London

  27. “Make a Fool” is auctioned in aid of the Julian Benson CF Foundation

  28. “The Extra-Ordinary Crucified for You” is selected for the Design Yard Gallery in Dublin, Ireland

And this is only a small part of what went on in my life. Professionally there has been so much more with lots of architectural successes - but if I start there I will be going on forever!

I’m ending 2018 in a great place and I hope 2019 is even better! I’ve certainly got a lot of reasons to be cheerful.

All the best to my supporters (especially my biggest cheer girl, my wife Enid) - have a great Christmas and an incredible New Year!