Limited Edition Print 1904 copies
Image Size 743mm x 524mm
Published 16th June 2004
Print £ 125.00
Open Edition Print
Image Size 9" x 6"
Double Mounted Print £ 35.00
Dublin (Baile Atha Cliath) has long been on Stuart's list of cities to paint, his motivation including a tribute to Dublin-born James Joyce which is captured in the painting's title. The special atmosphere that exudes from the streets of this friendly city has attracted Stuart to return over the years. As he disembarked at Dublin Port in the summer of 2003, he felt some trepidation. His task was to capture the feeling and sights of this extraordinary city and reflect it in one of his unique cityscape paintings. In the following days he walked most of the city centre streets observing and photographing, whilst in the evenings he enjoyed the craic in some of the famous pubs that can be seen in the picture.
Armed with his photographs, guide books, maps etc, Stuart went back to his attic studio in Wales to start the creative process that would take him nine months to complete. His enthusiasm for cityscape has to be matched by his patience in building up such a detailed composition over so many months. In this picture he includes Dublin Castle, well known pubs and bars, College Green and Trinity College, government buildings, churches, cathedrals, the Liffey and most of its bridges, statues honouring the city's literary and historic figures including Joyce, a well known brewery, the GPO and so on. In fact over 150 named landmarks.
Stuart felt it was appropriate to reflect the 100 year celebrations of James Joyce's Ulysses character Leopold Bloom, who wandered the streets of Dublin on 16th June 1904, by publishing 1,904 limited edition prints from his original watercolour on the same date 2004, Bloomsday. He titled his picture 'ReJoyce Dublin' with kind permission of the organisers of the 2004 James Joyce celebrations.