I always find these messages right at the cusp of Christmas a tricky business. First of all, that pic of my painting Christy above is not another new painting, but a photo I happened across ten mins ago of me painting Christy maybe some ten years back. What’s the link you might ask, well firstly we might be tenuous on links today, as I didn’t sleep well and my brain kind of going it’s own way. But on the other hand, putting Christy and Christmas together seems to fit!
And with that in mind perhaps it’s that point where I plug my famous face prints of a Christmas, including the Christy one! Or not? For maybe first I need to mention another Chris, and that is my good friend and artist in crime, Mr. Chris McMorrow. Back in the gallery years it was really Chris, bringer of emergency coffees, painter and printer extraordinaire who kept the gallery show on the road. He not only sold more prints and paintings than the rest of us combined, but also tried to give half it back in the form of gifts, coffees, pasties and sneaky pints when you weren’t looking.
There were many jokes over the years about the Keeling Gallery being a misnamed entity, for it was really The Chris McMorrow Gallery all along.
Anyway, in honour of that, and as a small thank you to Chris, I’m going to do a tag team of Chris’s beautiful prints from his Dublin Pubs, and match them with some of my Irish famous face prints.
And just one last word, if you had planned those Christmas drinks with your nearest and dearest friends, but yet again mutating Covid villains with funny names like Delta and Omicron are scuppering those plans, maybe a little framed print of your Christmas pub of choice might be a worthy and meaningful gift. Just a thought. Anyway lets roll on with a Christmas line up of famous pubs and faces.