Michael O'Hanrahan, a printed copy on canvas from a painting of my Easter Rising Project which I started in late 2014, focused on the 16 "leaders", who were executed for their involvement. The project took 14 months to complete and resulted in 16 interconnected portraits.
The 16 were a diverse lot. Ranging in age from 25 to 58, their occupations included headmaster, tobacconist, poet, railway clerk, university lecturer, printer, humanitarian, water bailiff, art teacher, silk weaver, corporation clerk, farmer, trade union leader, bookkeeper, chemist’s clerk, and newspaper manager. They were not military, nor criminal. They were extraordinary people who just had enough.
The fact that they were ordinary people, made me portray them without any military regalia or references. Most of the paintings do however provide hints to their lives pre Rising, to evoke the curiosity of the viewer as to their meaning and maybe a reaction to learning more about them.
• The canvas printed copy is 12 by 12 inch, equal to approximately 30 by 30 cm
• 20.5 mil thick poly-cotton blend canvas
• Hand-stretched over solid wood stretcher bars
• Matte finish coating