Presenting: David Norris and F.L.Brunell James Joyce

David Norris and F.L.Brunell

David Norris and F.L.Brunell

Brunell’s work is centred around a unique concept of painting dates in time, with days, months, and years, being transformed into a visual manifestation.

The James Joyce Bio-cycle -biographical lifecycle, denotes, from the inner circle outwards, the years of James Joyce’s birth and death respectively 1882-1941. The style of the painting, particularly the intensity of colour, captures the spirit of Joyce, his life and legacy.

James Joyce described Ulysses as a ‘compass in a day’ in a 1919 letter, life cyclical. The clock goes round, the months of the year go round, life goes around.

At long last…I made it to Martello James Joyce Tower; where Ulysses began and where it all began for me!

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Hello Bloomsday, hello James Joyce Tower – and not out of time. This place has been on my to do list for….10 years? Finally I visit the place to where Ulysses began. Until now been only an image in my mind. But what is the significance of the James Joyce Tower for me…and for Joyce himself?

FOR STORY IN FULL REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Literary Festivals in  Ireland)

 

What does Muhammad Ali have in common with James Joyce and W.B.Yeats?

JAMES JOYCE V W.B. YEATS?! MAY THE BETTER WRITER WIN!

2015-01-17 20.33.13Recently at the James Joyce Centre Dublin I discovered this humorous t-shirt with an image of Joyce and Yeats fighting it out in the boxing ring. Both writers are championed amongst the greatest of Irish writers so it was witty to think of them vying for victory over the other. It was only after I saw this T-shirt (Fruit of the Loom, illustrator unknown) at the James Joyce Centre Dublin that I heard of the recent passing of the worlds most celebrated boxer Muhammad Ali. Not until then had I conceived any relationship between Joyce, Yeats and Ali, and yet there exists a powerful connection by way of;determination and leaving a legacy of infamous quotes.

FOR STORY IN FULL REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (My Writings About Writers)

Book Tip Tuesday -When Book Tips Match Finger Tips

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Combining the colour of my finger tips with books tips….

WHAT ON EARTH INSPIRED BOOK TIP TUESDAY? IT WAS POET MICHAEL LONGLEY!

The celebrated writer Michael Longley was hosting a talk, after which he offered to sign books. In the process of signing my copy the observant author remarked on how the colour of my nail varnish matched the cover of his poetry book. It was by sheer coincidence that the colours co ordinated. As an artist colour is undoubtedly important to me. This triggered the idea of combining the colour of my finger tips with books tips

Now marks the birth of Book Tip Tuesday (first Tuesday of every month.)

All suggestions welcome!

Book Tips for each Month  REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Book Tip Tuesday)

 

Why create an Art Collection based on Irish Writers?

Now that my art collection of Irish Writers is in progress, I have been contemplating the origins fuelling my personal desire to connect with literary figures and create paintings which reflect their life and work. What has influenced my preoccupation?

F.L.Brunell at the grave of W.B.Yeats as a child on holiday

F.L.Brunell at the grave of W.B.Yeats as a child on holiday

Undoubtedly, an interest in literature is rooted in sources from my formative years. Whilst school provides a basis for our literary education, I must also acknowledge external influences; drama classes, plays and holidays, which have cumulatively generated a profound and lasting effect. My mother studied chemistry but I am forever indebted to her expansive knowledge and interest in literature and culture. She provided me with an opportunity to explore these arts via enrolement in extracurricular classes. We also attended a range of plays. I became her buddy on these outings. When it came to holidays, at a young age I enjoyed splashing in pools and playing in parks. However, I also found myself taken to visit many alternative attractions with my mother. When in Galway aged ten I visited the house of Norah Barnacle, James Joyce’s wife and muse. The name Norah Barnacle intrigued me and actually led to a curiosity with James Joyce. This is ultimately all thanks to my mother.

However, it was only when I fast forward to university that this founding interest in Irish Writers becomes truly cemented. History of Art lectures based on Louis le Brocquy’s portraits of Irish Writers particularly soldered the connection between art and literature. An enduring literary flame was then ignited with the purchase of Ulysses on the centenary of Bloomsday 16th June 2004. Reading the book 100 years on from the actual event augmented it’s lasting legacy. This moment reverberated in my mind and Joyce was the first writer with whom I truly connected.

Epiphany Meal at James Joyce HouseRepresenting the embodiment of James Joyce became my initial artistic pursuit. Following this I attended an epiphany meal in The James Joyce House and was invited to exhibit my artwork which, I was informed, did not exclusively have to be based on Joyce. With this in mind I began to explore the rich inheritance of Ireland’s literary legacy. Often, I reflect on how befitting it proved that the subject matter for my collection should come to light at an ‘Epiphany’ meal.

To read about personal connections to each of the Irish Writers refer to F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Moi et…Writers)

F.L.Brunell on:The Art of Life Choices: How or why did I become an artist?

F.L. Brunell with Titanic paintingWith art works currently housed in collections at the Titanic Foundation Belfast, the South African Embassy Dublin and the Nelson Mandela Foundation South Africa the past several years have been a welcome journey for the painter F.L. Brunell. This has been an evolving career which the artist speaks about…..

All I truly remember is my art teacher saying “you have to go be you.” This is advice I initially failed to follow because I didn’t understand it in entirety. Instead, it was saved and backed up securely in in the filing cabinet of my mind for future reference.

For all school leaving students, the month post results can be exhilarating but also a confusing and difficult time. It is a daunting prospect to commit to a choice that is most likely one with a lifetimes longevity. When it came to making this decision, I was lost; as out of place as a penguin attempting a hand stand in the desert whilst speaking a foreign language backwards. And this would never do – I have always had great affection for penguins…..

FOR STORY IN FULL refer to F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE: Personal(ity) Stories

What’s in a name? Why did I adopt an artist pseudonym?

F.L. Brunell Artist (photograph Collette Creative Photography

F.L. Brunell Artist (photograph Collette Creative Photography

Many painters choose to adopt an artist’s name. Most prevalent in today’s society is the assent of the street art tag, utilised by the artists known as Banksy, Bambi and Mr.Brainwash. But what has been the impetus for me to adopt a form of pseudonym and from where did the name F.L. Brunell derive? 

Brunelleschi-Florence Dome

Brunelleschi Florence Dome

When you are born you are given a name. In the creative industry many artists, be it musicians, actors or painters choose to deviate from this somewhat. For me, there was no desire to lose my own identity or establish a new persona, rather, it was a natural evolution. I have retained my own identity via the F.L. Fiona Lowe initials. In doing so the authorship is not transparently female and thus it may be argued that this is a rejection of the feminine. However, I am very much Fiona. I am comfortable in my standing as a painter, whether anyone should choose to add the subtext of female or not…

FOR STORY IN FULL refer to F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE: Personal(ity Stories

Ireland celebrates W.B Yeats 150 and I journey to Sligo to connect with the writer in the region he called The Land of Heart’s Desire

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In Sligo a vast array of activities were on offer; craft fairs, exhibitions, plays and a lively town centre street celebration. To honour  W.B. Yeats a Nobel Banquet dinner was organised with invitee, the doyenne of Irish Literature Edna O’Brien.

FOR STORY IN FULL REFER TO F.L.BRUNELL: LET’S DO ART AND CULTURE MENU PAGE (Literary Festivals in Ireland)