Dublin 2019 – Souvenir Book Cover

Acrylic painting on 250 gsm art paper.

I was honoured to be asked to contribute the cover of the Souvenir Book.

This was destined to be a prominent bit of artwork so I did an unusual number (for me!) of preparatory sketches to get approval for the concept.  Since these sketches were aimed at other people not just for my internal process I did them in colour.  We settled on a combination of two of the ideas with concentric circles, moving out from the CCD to Dublin, Ireland, the Earth and the Universe.

I then worked up a larger pencil prep sketch.  This is fairly close to the final version but I’m still trying out ideas.  I also overstuffed this with detail out of a fear that it would be too simple for the cover, but in the event I decided to trust the concept and simplified it back down for the final painting.

The astounding library at Trinity College Dublin is a major part of the cover, along with the 5000 year old spiral carvings at Newgrange Passage Tomb in the Boyne Valley.  Selkies have been a repeated motifs in some of my Dublin art and I really wanted to include one here as well, diving into the ocean of the planet.

See my Etsy shop for prints and original artwork. You can find updates and Work in Progress pictures on my Facebook Artist page here

Original artwork © Iain Clark 2019.

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