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Nicola McClean

(Prints Limited to 200 pieces only)

Jim Fitzpatrick

(Prints Limited to 200 pieces only)

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Nicola McClean was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1972. She is a Fine Art Photographer who developed a love for the camera at the tender age of 12, when her beloved Grandmother, Eileen, gifted her an old ‘Brownie’ camera. A deep rooted love for Photography was born.

Nicola went on to study Fine Art Photography at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design. She was then accepted and continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Ghent.

Graduating in 1996, Nicola relocated to New York City, where she began her career and developed her skills as a Photojournalist. She worked as the staff photographer for The Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish America Magazine, while freelancing for several other media outlets and many high profile publications.

She has travelled extensively, documenting the experiences of her journeys, in a style that is uniquely hers. She produced some beautifully compelling work, whilst with an Irish charity group, in a Romanian orphanage, in Bucharest 1991. She has also created a deeply intimate and honest series of portraits of her friends, fellow artists and neighbors, who were living in a Belgian squat in early 1996. Later that same year, Nicola travelled to Mali, West Africa, where she shot a series of portraits and landscapes, as she cycled from Bamako to Timbuktu, on the Southern edge of the Sahara Desert. On September 11, 2001, Nicola found herself in the midst of the worst attack ever perpetrated on America. She responded and captured the chaos and devastation in New York, while at the same time capturing the heroism, selflessness and resilience of a united people in a city and country under fire.

Nicola has exhibited her work at The Municipal Gallery of Ljubljana, Slovenia and The Morley Gallery in London. Recent solo shows include The Royal Dublin Society, The National Museum of Ireland and The Field Museum in Chicago. She has also donated several pieces from her Ground Zero 360 collection, to the 911 Memorial Museum in New York, where they will remain on permanent display.

She splits her time between New York City and Ireland, where she works out of her studio, in her hometown of Dublin. She is married to Paul McCormack & they have four sons, Pauleymac, Mikey, James & Bobby-Dee.

Jim Fitzpatrick was born in Dublin and is one of the most celebrated and internationally known Irish artists of his generation. His ornate, colourful and intensely decorative Celtic artwork is now so well known and unique that it is instantly recognisable. While never regarded as being in the mainstream of modern Irish Art, no one can doubt the powerful impact his eclectic and idiosyncratic style has had on many an aspiring young talent.

While his striking and memorable album cover designs for Thin Lizzy (and more recently for Sinead O’Connor, Ash and The Darkness) have earned him a permanent place in the annals of Irish rock music, his highly original revival of the Celtic Art of his forebears from the early 1970’s onwards gained him an enormous following worldwide, and today his work is recognised and collected from New York to Tokyo.

In January 2005, his legendary Che Guevara Poster was acknowledged and recognised as the original by the Los Angeles Museum of Photography and Art, and his most recent work, collaboration with New York conceptual Artist Aleksandra Mir was exhibited in the Project Arts Centre. Mir has called his Che Guevara Poster ‘the ultimate graphic in the history of art’.

This iconic image is his most famous creation -the red and black poster of Irish- Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara. In his seminal work on the history of iconic images ‘Christ to Coke’ published in November 2011 by Oxford University Press, world reknowned art historian and Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, Martin Kemp, listed Jim FitzPatrick’s Che image amongst the 11 greatest iconic images of all time. With the image of Christ at number 1, the Mona Lisa at number 5 and FitzPatrick’s Che Poster at number 6, the artist found himself -as he says himself -‘in some interesting company’.

His latest project is an ongoing series of large paintings of 9/11.For the GroundZero360 exhibition. It is a subject the artist fells powerfullly drawn to: ‘So many innocent civilains were murdered in front of my eyes live ion television. I had to respond somehow. This exhibition is my chance to respond and remember. I intend also to comemmorate the life and heroic death of Father Mycal Judge OFM, chaplin to the NYFD. He is one of my heroes and I intend this painting to be the first salvo in my attempt to have him recognised as a real saint, not just a saintly man’.

‘I have always been an rebellous outsider,’ says the artist, ‘ I intend to stay thatway’.

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