A good friend asked me to do a cartoon of him and his significant other – here it is!
This is a cartoon of famous Ulster poet, John Hewitt. This piece forms part of a larger body of work which will be shown at the Common Grounds coffee shop near Botanic Avenue in Belfast. The exhibition will be held in June 2013 and will be a study of the Ulster poets, both living and dead from the last 200 years.
A recent poll by Ipsos Mori revealed that 23% of Sinn Fein voters wish to remain part of the UK. This is the cartoon I did following the revelation of the poll results for the Belfast News Letter. The cartoon featured alongside analysis from the News Letter political correspondent and leading Northern Ireland commentator, Sam McBride.
It was unveiled on BBC Spotlight that 23% of Sinn Fein voters would choose to remain in the UK. At the same time there was a furore around the mislabelling of Halal meat in Ireland. I put the two news stories into my head and the cartoon above is what came out the end!
The deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness stepped down from his Westminster seat. Some arcane procedure required him to take on the title of Crown Steward and Bailiff of Northstead. A Royal title… oh the irony!
“There is this evolving Northern Irish identity where many people feel safe and content to call themselves Northern Irish and they want to focus on how Northern Ireland can fulfil its potential and how we can create economic stability in Northern Ireland, rather than looking at Irishness or Britishness”
Prof. Deirdre Heenan
I had the good fortune to grab a coffee with Duncan Morrow of the University of Ulster. He is a very capable and intelligent man and I found the chat over coffee most enlightening. I couldn’t let him get away without doing a cartoon of him. I’m not sure he liked it, lol.
The political grandstanding in Washington over the fiscal cliff caused a lot of bother. Both for the political climate & global financial markets. It showed demonstrably how central the US capital figures in global affairs. So my line was: Washington was kicking off a fiscal whiff.
At Sandy Row in Belfast a gable wall depicts King Billy and words in Dutch that say, “let passion fire thy mind.” Those who march and give support on July 12 every year don’t exactly carry on that Dutch legacy of tolerance and discipline.
So I edited the text to bring it up to speed. Translation: “let drink fire thy mind.”
In June 2012 a landmark event occurred. The veteran Sinn Fein politican and former member of the IRA, Martin McGuinnes met and shook hands with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. There was a lot of talk before the seminal handshake. A lot of will, he won’t he? Won’t she, will she?
The head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi announced in June 2012 that he would be prepared to act if market volatility in the euro zone rose excessively. This would be in the form of monetary action, a tool the ECB called the Long Term Refinancing Operation. He had already used it twice and seemed close to bringing it out for a third time.
This is my drawing of Brian Cowen, former Irish Taoiseach during his last days in office. I’ve used a famous piece by renowned artist, Walton Ford as a template. So full acknowledgements must be given to Walton.
After the Taoiseach and leader of Fine Fail Brian Cowen announced that he would be stepping down Micheál Martin emerged as a potential successor. He came out fighting and after the leadership race he won. This is my cartoon of him.
This piece was produced in July 2010 for myself after his passing. He was undoubtedly an incredibly gifted sportsman who did Northern Ireland proud. It’s just a shame his life finished up the way it did. Anyway, here’s my contribution to the tributes.
This is my pen rendering of the reverend Ian Paisley done during my school days. The piece was buried under piles of book and junk. Unfortunately there’s no exact date but I do know it was done in the summer term of 2004.