'Artist of the street' launches second major collection of works to commemorate 1916
One of Dublin’s few remaining “artists of the streets” has launched his second major collection of works to commemorate the 1916 Rising.
Norman Teeling was commissioned by An Post to mark the 80th celebrations of the Easter Rising through works which were on view for a decade at the GPO.
“I decided I would have another go and this is the result,” he said at the launch of his new exhibition today.
“I tried to keep it as close to the action as possible. I kept out a lot of the instances that were outside O’Connell Street and just concentrated on the GPO, the main events in other words.
“The previous ones were very big because they were commissioned for the GPO. You can hang these over your mantelpiece.”
The Clontarf artist said it was important that the paintings “wouldn’t look too boring” so he took breaks in between each of the 20-plus works.
“They will be here right through Easter. The only thing I haven’t done is painted on pavements but we’ll see how this goes,” he joked.
At the launch at the Oriel Gallery, RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy said Mr Teeling is “as much a part of O’Connell Street now as the GPO”.
“The centenary has generated some interesting things, some good and some bad ideas,” he said.
“Someone has brought out a 1916 beer – I think that’s a bad idea, I wouldn’t have been mad about that idea, but Norman has fantastic pieces.
“He is an artist of the streets,” he added.
“That’s where he paints a lot of the time and it’s very unusual in Dublin, which is a pity really to see an artist painting on the streets.
“O’Connell St can be busy and robust at times but he still manages it.”