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...

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Flying an Etching Press to Denmark

 The Danish artist Mikala Valeur bought the large antique press I had built, pictured here in my studio, and decided to fly it to her studio which is in a barge in a canal in Copenhagen. This is a story told in pictures..



                           Delivery to the freight people at Auckland airport last Monday morning early


                                              At the canal in Copenhagen three days later..




                            In Mikala's floating Copenhagen studio, assembled and ready to boogie..

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Table Top Etching Press For Sale: email enquiries to johnnymulvay@vodafone.co.nz


Very strong, 6.3 to 1 gearing, press bed 465 x 800 mm complete with felts, made from a hundred year old antique. Built to last life times. Already has lasted some lifetimes :-)



Thursday, 17 March 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Mural Gallery Artists at Work

A photo by the American artist Chelsea Haines who was staying at Art School Waihi for a week and captured me, Bronagh and Chiara at work on our respective murals..

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Mural Gallery

 The current project, could be a few weeks on this one. Eight or nine murals, five or six different artists..


Friday, 4 December 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Bavarian Wwoofers


 I haven't done any drawing for ages but was asked to contribute to Benedikt and Camilla's Wwoofing book recording their travels around New Zealand

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Art of Music..

 One of my print-making friends, Margaret came by to pick up the press I had restored for her and brought her harp and treated us to some Celtic and Argentine harp music. Very nice. The harp resonates in the body and seems like an acoustic healing.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Art School Waihi Music

Margaret came to explore the print making facilities here at Art School Waihi and brought along one of her smaller harps. We didn't get much print making done but listened to some beautiful music while I drew Margaret's portrait. Also Margaret brought along her etching press which had spent years neglected in an exposed situation and needed restoration which is something that I enjoy doing. Art and Music. We are havng a good time...

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Johnny's Corporate Gig..

A most interesting job came my way; 23 Lawyers from a big Auckland firm are on a weekend bonding trip, staying at Waihi Beach, riding the bike trail through the Karangahake Gorge and would I organize an art class for them to give them some brain food? 
Of course I would. It's what I do when I'm not doing something else.. 
I hired the old Waikino Hall and set up a portrait drawing class for beginners and introduced them to the psychology of children's art, the mechanics of the smile, the organic origins of World War Two aviators sun glasses, the surprisingly exquisite beauty of the curve of a nostril or other facial features and all that basic art school stuff we all know and love. 
It was a lot of fun and I came away from it with a new respect for lawyers as people.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Bang Bang America

Bang Bang America, Honorary Rector of the Serpent is a locally famous painting by my friend Barbi. 
In a manic state she tore it apart intending to do a Monet copy in the back and put it back in it's frame. 
I rescued it and restored it. Barbi is all artist and doesn't have the practical skills to frame art. I do. 
It is an angry painting and given the state of the US Government somewhat timeless I believe..
When Barbi exhibited it some years ago it won best of show and caused controversy, some saying that it 
was political and had no place as Art. I explained to some of our pissed off artist friends that it was not 
political but a painting of the artist's emotional state; anger at the US Government.
Eventually I shall put this large painting in the wagon and get it back to Barbi's place in Whangaparoa, 
meanwhile it joins my collection here at Art School Waihi

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A New Etching Press for Studio 19 in Kerikeri


What I have been busy doing for six months now is making etching presses, one a month as well as a mural in Christchurch which I flew down for and a drive down to Christchurch to check out a problem with one of my presses that took half an hour to fix but it was nice to catch up with three of my clients down there and then a drive up to Kerikeri in the far North to deliver this press, number 22