Rod Coyne’s 1916 Portraits in Hollywood Fair

…update: 14/08/2016.

As you know Rod Coyne presents his unique “1916 Portrait Collection” at the Hollywood Fair. This exhibition is free, all are welcome. But what you didn’t know is that to celebrate the exhibition we are discounting the whole Canvas Print collection 33% at the Fair and online.

And now Rod has created two prints especially for the Hollywood Fair 2016.  The Steam Engine and The Major which will also be discounted during the Hollywood Fair.

Rod returns to the Hollywood Fair

Rod's painting demo at Hollywood Fair 2015.
Rod’s painting demo at Hollywood Fair 2015.

Artist Rod Coyne presents his unique 1916 Portrait Collection at the Hollywood Fair. This exhibition is free, all are welcome. For those of you who missed out on the Tinahely Exhibition earlier this year here’s your chance for a second bite of the cherry. Just a half hour from Dublin on the N81 will transport you into a by-gone age. The vintage fair is more than just a charming spectacle, visitors are encouraged to dress in the fashion of the day and become part of the event.

Hollywood Church & 1916 sign
St. Kevin’s Church

This year’s vintage fair is themed around the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary. The unrivaled family event promises art & culture, music & song and no shortage of food & drink. And Rod’s canvases have pride of place in Ireland’s oldest operational church from 7 – 9pm on Saturday 20th and 2 – 6pm on Sunday 21st August 2016.

 

Hollywood Fair 2015 Vintage Sweet Shop

 

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and canvas prints, will be exhibited in the St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, County Wicklow, Ireland.

 

 

Hollywood, Co Wicklow and Hollywood, California

Foreign tourists who stumble on Hollywood in the course of their travels can often be seen posing for photographs in front of Guirkes’ old shop.  The prominent sign on the facade Oifig an Phoist – Hollywood Post Office is clearly what draws them.  Intrigued that such a small village can boast such a legendary name they feel the need to capture the moment on camera.  If they take the time to make further inquiries the same tourists are even more astonished when they discover that this small village in west Wicklow is actually the original Hollywood and that from it came the California Hollywood, home of the movie industry.

2015 Hollywood Fair Cyclists
Cycling to the Fair.

 

 

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Revolution on air!

The Revolution has been Televised!

Rod Coyne reveals his 1916 Portrait Collection to Irish TV, one century on from the Dublin Revolution.

1916 Revolution - Rod Coyne on Irish TV

Rod’s Revolution…

“I remember learning of Easter 1916 as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 seemed a science fiction away, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.” – Rod Coyne.

Irish TV’s new and charming presenter Pol Seoige gets to the heart of Rod Coyne’s 1916 Portrait Collection. The interview from last March was all about Rod’s then imminent Centenary exhibition. That show ran from 13th March till 9th April at The Courthouse Arts Center, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. Coyne’s portraits set the perfect mood for a month of events marking the 1916 Easter Rising. The paintings formed a backdrop to theater, live music, cinema and panel discussions in Wicklow’s favorite arts center.

The exclusive print collection is available here.

Loads more about the exhibition: http://eepurl.com/bSYh2T

You can see the whole interview on YouTube.

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.  From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.” – Rod Coyne.

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland.  Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.

 

 

Bryan Dobson launches 1916 Portrait Collection.

1916 Rebel Talk!

Fiery launch of 1916 Portrait Collection.

We were so privileged to enjoy Ireland’s national TV newscaster Bryan Dobson’s eloquent and insightful launch of Rod Coyne’s 1916 Portrait Collection. Dobson’s scholarly grasp on that period of history left the audiences blood racing and Rebel Talk in their ears. He extolled the diverse characteristics of the Easter Rising protagonists pinpointing their motives and achievements.

The RTE anchorman told how her has been a fan of Rod Coyne’s landscape work for over a decade and how impressed he was to see the artist tackling this seminal theme. He referenced W.B.Yeats poetry mentioning how Rod had brought these “vivid faces” to life one century later.

The exhibition ran during March and April 2016 at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. Rod Coyne’s paintings were the perfect backdrop for a month of 1916 Centenary events, including discussion panels, film, theater and musical show on the theme.

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. This rebellion was seminal in Ireland’s struggle for freedom. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to bridge the hundred year divide, while depicting a very human condition against a violent backdrop. This collection of portraits is currently available as a “1916 Centenary Calendar” and a range of CANVAS PRINTS from Avoca Gallery. The prints come in a choice of sizes and ship world wide for FREE

“I remember learning this part of Irish history as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 belonged to science fiction, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.

I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.” – Rod Coyne.

“1916 Portrait Collection” Exhibition Launch

1916 Portrait Collection by Rod Coyne

“1916 Portrait Collection” Exhibition Launch at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
Exhibition launch is on the 13th of March from 4 – 6pm, the show runs till April 9th.
We’re so thrilled that Bryan Dobson, newscaster with RTÉ, has agreed to launch the show.

Bryan Dobson to launch Rod's exhibition.

 

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and canvas prints, will be premiered as part of the Courthouse Art Centre’s centenary programme in March 2016.

 

Maud Gonne Facebook crop

 

“I remember learning this part of Irish history as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 belonged to science fiction, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.
I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.”

 

1916 Rod & Maud

 

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.
From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.”

 

1916 Canavs Print in Scale
1916 Canvas Print in Scale

Creating the “1916 Portrait Collection” has been a steep learning curve for me. Not only was I forced to go back a re-read my history but I was obliged to drag my mindset into the twenty-first century. Ireland was a very different place when I learned about the Easter Rising in the early nineteen eighties. I never thought to question why apart from Countess Markievicz there appeared have been no women named in connection with 1916. And it was with the same school boys’ eyes that I started out on this project. Yet as I delved deeper I realised so many names had been left out of the script, and indeed Elisabeth O’Farrell had been airbrushed out altogether. So for my small part I have attempted to right some wrongs and adjust my twentieth century dinosaur brain to something more fitting to the new millennium. Thus, I have included many of the 1916 heroines and consciously airbrushed Elisabeth O’Farrell back into the picture.” – Rod Coyne.

 

1916 Rod & Elizabeth O'Farrell
1916 Rod & Elizabeth O’Farrell

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland. Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.
For further information on press or any images please contact:
Maggie O’Gallagher – Director
The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. WicklowThursday-Saturday 10am-5pm
T: 0402 38529 E: pr@courthousearts.ie W: www.courthousearts.ie
Rod Coyne: 087-2259680, info@rodcoyne.com

Easter Rising “1916 Portrait Collection”

Easter Rising “1916 Portrait Collection”

by Rod Coyne at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
Exhibition launch is on the 13th of March from 4 – 6pm, the show runs till April 9th.

Bryan Dobson to launch Rod's exhibition.
We’re so thrilled that Bryan Dobson, newscaster with RTÉ, has agreed to launch the show.

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Easter Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and Easter Rising canvas prints, will be premiered as part of the Courthouse Art Centre’s Easter Rising centenary programme in March 2016.

Easter Rising 1916 Canvas Prints
Easter Rising 1916 Canvas Prints

“I remember learning the Easter Rising as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 seemed a fiction away, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.
I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.”

Pádraig Pearse
Pádraig Pearse

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.
From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.”

Rod paints 1916 Collection
Rod paints 1916 Collection

Creating the “1916 Portrait Collection” has been a steep learning curve for me. Not only was I forced to go back a re-read my history but I was obliged to drag my mindset into the twenty-first century. Ireland was a very different place when I learned about the Easter Rising in the early nineteen eighties. I never thought to question why apart from Countess Markievicz there appeared have been no women named in connection with 1916. And it was with the same school boys’ eyes that I started out on this project. Yet as I delved deeper I realised so many names had been left out of the script, and indeed Elisabeth O’Farrell had been airbrushed out altogether. So for my small part I have attempted to right some wrongs and adjust my twentieth century dinosaur brain to something more fitting to the new millennium. Thus, I have included many of the 1916 heroines and consciously airbrushed Elisabeth O’Farrell back into the picture.” – Rod Coyne.

Nurse O'Farrell work in progress
Nurse O’Farrell work in progress

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland. Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.