Finishing tomorrow, Filmbase on Curved Street, Temple Bar, have held an illustration exhibition this week in the basement. Held as part of Design Week, their website tells us that "Brainbelt Illustration Collective is a diverse network of Irish creative professional artists and designers who bear a heartfelt passion for illustration. The group's visual disciplines vary from sculpture, print design, motion design, multimedia and photography."
With work from Peter Dawson, Diarmuid O Cathain, Alan Dunne, Duffy Mooney-Sheppard, Jamie Murphy, Emma Rowe, Ultan Courtney, The Orb, John Paul Murray, Michelle Cunningham, Geoffrey MacArdle, Seamus MacArdle, John Corrigan, Gareth Teggin, Denise Nestor, Shane Cluskey and Stephen McNally.
Further up and coming events can be followed by www.brainbeltapostles.blogspot.ie
All work was to a very high standard but we liked the work of Diarmuid O Cathain whose work on show Up here!, Animal Heads and Omnimal had a 1950s American children's illustrated book look about it, Jamie Murphy's Mexican skull design Dia de los Muertos, John Corrigan's Tullynally, The Batter and Oldcastle which were mounted cut-out oirish-looking drawings and in particular the character head drawings of Stephen McNally, Gauloises, Candyfloss, Curls, Glare and Hair.
A graphic designer and illustrator and currently at the Royal College of Art in London studying illustration, he has worked with RTE after studying visual communications at DIT. A good collection of his work can be seen on http://www.behance.net/StephenMcNally and some of his video art on http://vimeo.com/mcnallystephen/. His specific fine line style and attention to facial expression makes his work more easily identifiable once you have known it and we feel he will be an artist to watch in the future.