Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts, Contemporary Visual Arts in Ireland 2000-2011

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Noel Kelly, Sean Kissane
Visual Artists Ireland, 2011 - Art - 218 pages
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100 Irish Artists, 100 Colour Plates. 6 Commentaries from respected writers such as: Mebh Ruane, Colin Graham, Valerie Connor, Fiona Kearney, Brian Hand and Noel Kelly - Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts will fast become the most desirable visual arts book this season. Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts presents an attractive record of the early 21st century contemporary visual arts in Ireland with 100 artists who have been selected for their specific contribution to the contemporary arts in the first years of the 21st Century. Aimed at a general audience, as well as the art connoisseur and enthusiast, each artist is profiled with an iconic example of their practice shown in full colour. The texts are engaging as they explain Ireland within the context of the early 21st century, and the impact that this has had socially, economically and culturally. The book is in an attractive format, and is priced at a level that makes it affordable.

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About the author (2011)

Noel Kelly, known as "Ned," was born in the Irish countryside just north of Dublin, seventh child of ten. When Daddy left for England, Ned took it upon himself to look after his Mammy. The generous would have called Ned a cheeky chappy, but to some he was a "Little Fecker," as he did whatever was necessary to put food on the table and wood on the fire for his family. He eventually went to England, where again he worked long and hard to make ends meet. Despite an almost complete lack of education, Ned set up a successful domestic heating business, then an industrial pipework company that put complex systems into Coventry's car and chemical factories. His love of football, and an innate desire to "be somebody," took him into the board room at Nuneaton Borough Football Club, where he enjoyed ten exhilarating - and fun-filled - years. In 1987, having given his all, Ned lost his football club in a high profile High Court battle, before the infamous Lord Justice Jeremy Harman. Defeated by an administrative technicality, Ned sought, but failed to win, justice. He decided to tell his story, both to set out the details for those who know him, and to provide a salutory tale for a wider audience. Always the entertainer, Ned's story, told in two halves, generates laughter, anger and tears.

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