Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Life Drawing Class at Waikino Hall

 Art School Waihi is up and running. It is a new day and energy is being put into Art School Waihi and it is all good.. :)

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Shin Nihon Zokei press restoration

 This press was bought at auction by Jo, a designer, who arranged for me to pick it up and restore it for her. 
No problem. Here it is at Classic Etching Presses press hospital waiting for the clean up and replacement of all the missing bits
                                                                     New paint
                             Above; finished and posing in my studio and below working in Jo's studio                   

Friday, 29 December 2017

Sarah's addition to the Mural Gallery

 Sarah is an Art History major from Berkley, San Fransisco. I helped her realize one of her tiny originals up large at the Mural Gallery. Outdoors and Summer and just around the corner from our favourite bar.. 
Four days of fun

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Etching Press for Sale

Brand new and also over 100 years old. A working paradox, bed 605x1200, same size felts, delivery to your door anywhere. Enquiries: johnmulvay@gmail.com

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Art of Bird Catching

 In order to catch your bird you will need three things: One is toast and honey, Two is a good bird-dog and Three is leave the kitchen door open.. Sounds easy and it is!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Steampunk Etching Presses - the Art of Engineering..

 My current art projects are the building of five etching presses, three of them from Victorian steel tube antique mangles. Haven't been near the Mural Gallery for a while or done a drawing or painting just messing with old metal :)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Flying an Etching Press to Indianapolis..

 Finally finished and waiting the crate and Customs clearance and then off to Kris's studio in Indianapolis

And below is a before photo of the 1903 antique the press was made from in it's original disguise as a wreck


Monday, 17 October 2016

The Irish Famine and -Lisdoonvarna - Christy Moore, Declan Sinnott & Donal Lunny

In 1840 began the Irish Holocaust with a million dying in the ditches of starvation over the next 20 years or so and then followed the Irish diaspora with a million fleeing their home land and going every where else... 70 million Irish all over the World last I heard. 
In 1862 my Great Grandfather got the hell out of Dodge and  caught a boat to New Zealand. 
I am black Irish by blood and all the Mulvay's look it and I never give a damn about any of this until the Maori in New Zealand began rarking up in the 1970's and wanted their land back etc. and this scared me for I had no Maori blood in me and thought "where  I am gonna go, I was born here.. will I be kicked out? This is the only home I have known.." 
I had heard about the Jews and the Nazis, Martin Luther King and Apartheid in South Africa and never thought among all this knowledge of Racism in the World that maybe I had a race, a blood, a colour..
A new thought... And then I remembered what I had overheard my Parents and Aunts and Uncles said here and there..
I am Celtic, Black Irish by blood and a New Zealander, a land peopled mostly by refugees just like the USA. 
And so I have developed over the years a fondness for all things Irish like Guinness and the chaps here in singing for you..

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Five Days Old..

 A new addition to the herd out at Ruthie's Animal Farm in nearby Te Aroha. Tentatively named Sparky. 
My latest drawing subject but he will not keep still for me but must come over and see what I am doing..

Lady, his Mum, is being hard fed and young Sparky wants to try some as Mum keeps him waiting for his milk while she is eating

Likes his rump scratched and tries to scratch his ear with a hind leg like a dog and falls over. It's early days yet so we assume he will wise up to that one..

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Multi Tasking Artist..

Making a press for a print maker in Indianapolis and

 Framing some of my better drawings for a local Art Exhibition and..

Recreating some iconic vintage Kiwi grocery store advertising on three panels to decorate a friend's ex-shop which is converted to tourist accommodation . - I used to ponder the meaning of life and what am I? and what is this place I exist in? and Why for God's Sake?? but these days I am just too busy. The World must get on as best it can without my curiosity and  endless questions. No doubt all will be revealed in the fullness of time by which time perhaps I will not be so busy...