All about me and my oil painting classes in Dublin
I started out life in London and moved to Ireland thirty years ago, to follow my dream of playing traditional music which I still do.
The Printing Trade
Then, married and with our first baby on the way, I decided to try out what I suspected I could make a living at; art and illustration. In fact, I started out drawing cartoons for newspapers under the pseudonym Titch McCoy and over the years progressed onto full colour illustrations.
|Cartoon by Kevin McSherry, alias Titch McCoy|
For many years, my illustration work appeared regularly in the Irish Times, Sunday Business Post and the Wall Street Journal, amongst many other papers. You can look at my fine art and illustrative work here.
I helped set up and establish the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and was Chairman for the first five years of its existence. Around 2008, I started making my Daily paintings (small oils studies -often still lifes or landscapes – done as practice pieces and warm ups). I continued for a few years until I bounced off in different directions. Now I’m back doing them again and you can see some below:
|Kevin McSherry on Culture Night, Oil Painting in a Dublin gallery|
Since then, I’ve been involved in exhibitions in Le Louvre in Paris and the International Cultural Centre of the City of Nantes. My work hangs in the British National Collection.
I also started teaching morning and evening art and painting classes in 2008 in my studio. I’m a sociable type and I like to have people around to stave off cabin fever. The classes have also helped me in several other ways: Since I only teach adults, I especially like the combined experience and wisdom at my classes. Having a more regular income also stops me becoming reliant on selling paintings, which is a sure-fire way of ending up painting what people want rather than what I need to paint. That’s a route to becoming a hack. The conversation is good and so is the coffee.
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|Kevin McSherry paints in the window of a Dublin Gallery on Culture Night 2010|