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….
I returned to London to see the Basquiat exhibition in the Barbican after seeing it and LOVING it in 2017
“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
We survive Storm Emma and the “big snow”!
Bones goes to the cinema when the Lighhouse screens a dog friendly showing of Isle of Dogs
I see the Emil Nolde exhibition in the National Gallery
3 of my pieces are in Incognito
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!
The 8th is repealed.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.
I hang out with Kemp as he does stencil work in Hope Brewery - a lot of fun!
Future Islands in Donnybrook Stadium - with a great dinner in Dillingers beforehand
“Pigsy” short film is selected for the Galway Film Festival - it was fairly surreal to see it on the big screen
Wedding in Dingle - everything was awesome about this (fireworks!) and we stayed in the gorgeous Pax Guesthouse
I visit the gaelteacht - the beautiful Carraroe in Galway which is very inspirational
I design a tattoo for a friend
Elvis 68 comeback special is shown in the Stella on my Wedding Anniversary (well we did get married on the day Elvis died)
Bristol! I see my first Banksy in the wild
“Pigsy” screens in the Bristol Film Festival
I get to the Biennale in Venice - dreams do come true!
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.
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
“Pigsy” goes on to screen in the Cork Film Festival - I’m getting used to walking the red carpet. Lol!
David Byrne plays in Dublin. Unbelievably good. The talent of this man is mind blowing.
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.
We go back to London for the screening of “Pigsy” in the Irish Film Festival London
“Make a Fool” is auctioned in aid of the Julian Benson CF Foundation
“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!