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.
Original artwork © Iain Clark 2019.
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