Alastair Keady

Alastair Keady

Title Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas?

Medium Monoprint with gold leaf

Material Artist Panel

Size 60 x 80 x 4 cm

Year 2022

Artist Statement The heraldic motto of Dublin is about as wide of the mark as you can get. Dublin citizens were never inclined towards obedience, even at their happiest. The burning castles’ meaning are debated, including the metaphorical suggestion that the flames represent the zeal of Dubliners. I opted to lean into the idiosyncratic branding of the city, but formally guided by the proportions of the canvas. I’m old enough to remember the skyline of the city without the chimneys. That they are now redundant heritage artefacts, and a popular contemporary brand of the city just reinforces that the city is an ever-evolving reflection of the people who live here, and their unmediated engagement with their city.

Artist Bio Alastair is a graphic design graduate of NCAD and the Royal College of Art. He’s worked as a designer, and design educator, for many years. Interested in process and materiality in printmaking, he’s previously worked in letterpress, but returned to screen printing in 2017. Often found devising an image-making technique, and then discovering ways to undermine, abuse, and subvert it. Loves a happy accident. Disinterested in rigorous adherence to consistency in a world of perfect reproduction. Which is convenient. Long-standing interest in exploring squares and circles, and points in between.

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