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SCREENED AT LAUNCH EVENT DECEMBER 06

BROADCAST ON UTV NEWS DECEMBER 06

STILLS USED IN DESIGN OF ACCOMPANYING BOOK 



Bernard Jaffa owns a gallery, as part of his dental studio, called ArtTank.  It is a fantastic space, which he has been kind enough to let us use on several occasions, for shows, and for filming.



Neil Shawcross is one of Ireland’s most prolific living artists, having taught in the Art College in Belfast until he retired a couple of years ago.  Since then he has continued to paint his own private collection of full length portraits, amongst other work.






Bernard & Neil had talked for a couple of years about Neil coming to paint in Bernard’s space, and when it finally came to fruition, we were asked to video-document the work as he painted.


It was an incredible honour & experience to watch Neil at work.  Bernard’s bottle of wine obviously helped the creative juices to flow, but the creative sparks would have been there anyway.


This was a brave thing that Neil did, to step out of his comfort zone of recognisable painting style of fifty years, and try something completely new.  The end goal was to have a show that coincided with his retrospective show in the Ulster Museum in December 05.


We met for 8 sessions, where Neil painted 2 or 3 paintings an evening, finally painting two 10 metre ‘freezes’ which were spectacular.


Once the first cut of the footage had been made [30 hours down to half an hour!], we were asked if we could handle the design of the book for the show.  Our suggestion was to use high resolution photographs of the paintings interspersed with digital stills, sometimes with movement pixelation, to contrast between the digital & analogue artforms.  Bernie J edited layout and text, shaped design concepts, hosted the show, and looked after us all.


What a pleasant year’s work.


You can find photos of some of the work at : www.naked-shawcross.com

 


CREDITS

 
PRODUCED/DIRECTED/ CAMERA/EDITED  
                  

PAINTER
 
CURATOR


 
GAWAIN MORRISON



NEIL SHAWCROSS
 
BERNIE JAFFA