Celebrated illustrator David Rooney has donated a limited edition print to the Aisling charity mini-bus fundraising campaign.
The resident Irish Post artist has donated this striking but poignant piece, pictured above, from the recent Ardal O’Hanlon guest editor edition to help raise the £28,000 needed for the charity’s Return to Ireland project.
There are 200 of the signed limited edition giclée prints up for grabs. Each costs just £140, with proceeds going to the charity.
The piece is a reflection of an Irish farm cottage in the eyes of an old Irish London park bench resident – something the artist feels will resonate with many of the Irish living in Britain.
“I felt close to the subject as I had uncles who went over to Britain in the 1950s,” he said. “Fortunately they came back but told stories of a lot of guys who stayed on and ended up in pretty dire straits.”
The work of Wicklow-based Rooney, who also created the series of prints used in Fergal Keane’s five part BBC documentary series The Story of Ireland, is much sought after.
He has just finished a series of stamps for An Post to mark the centenary of Bram Stoker’s death.
And he has also created the promotional artwork for Druid’s Tom Murphy season of plays, which has its world premiere in London next month as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
DruidMurphy, a celebration of one of Ireland’s most respected living dramatists, runs at Hampstead Theatre from June 20.
It tells the story of Irish emigration through three of the greatest Tom Murphy plays – Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine.
David Rooney has also illustrated for The Irish Times and Hot Press magazine and is winner of numerous ICAD Awards – Ireland’s Institute of Creative Advertising and Design.
If you would like to purchase one of these limited edition prints email editor@http://http://irishpost.co.uk or see The Irish Post for an order form.