Late Late Toy Show - November 2018
The most important commission of my life thus far, I was asked to create a mural promoting the country's most beloved festive showing, RTE's 'The Late Late Toy Show' alongside another artist, Kinmx.
My mother Sarah-Jane Hanton (a Waterford Walls representative and the brains behind the idea) and I met with Ryan Tubridy and the crew to decide what image would best encapsulate the show's essence of innocence and fun, and the joy of the festive period without making it blatantly Christmas-sy that it would look strange in the months after.
We wanted to make an outdoor mural in an iconic area that would be shown before and after every ad-break and to use the child stars of the show as our muses. We decided the fabulous and highly-recognizable scenery of Poolbeg Lighthouse would fit our design perfectly and painted our four faces each on the long wall beside the lighthouse. The wall is roughly 2km out at sea in Dublin Port and was an absolute pleasure to work with, even if I was both amazed and terrified at the challenge that lay ahead.
We had a 10-day time limit to get everything done, which was arduous given the harsh weather conditions at times (I'm not joking when I say I was nearly blown to sea more than once) and winter's low levels of sunlight.
However, I pulled through and with the aid of my very helpful engineer father and an abundance of snacks to keep my spirits high, I finished my part of the mural on time. I was even there to meet the children themselves and their awe-inspiring reactions to the piece when the bit was finally filmed. It was a labour of love but absolutely worth the blood, sweat, tears, hunger and lack of warmth!
The 'Under The Sea' themed show had a consolidated audience of 1.2 million people across 110 countries.
In fact, nine out of ten children watching television on the night were tuned into Tubridy and his toys while the Saturday repeat was watched by an average audience of 134,300 viewers. I got a shoutout at the end of the show from the man himself which was cool, even if he did pronounce my name incorrectly!
The wall remains intact and I can keep an eye on it from the safety of my own space in Waterford through the #PoolbegLighthouse hashtag on Instagram.
'Up For The Match' 2017; Waterford V Galway
I was commissioned by RTE to do a John Mullane-inspired Waterford mural on the side of Walsh's Bakehouse, which is basically the Beyoncé of the Blaa-baking industry.
'I loves me county boi' is definitely the most iconic Waterfordian catchphrase coined in my lifetime and will probably remain just that for years to come.
Unfortunately, I crumbled under the pressure of staring down the most professional looking camera I had ever seen and pronounced 'boi' completely wrong.
I'm not sure how to spell it phonetically because it is a very unique sound, but it's definitely not said like how 'boy' sounds. This was an accidental act of heresy from myself and one that I will never repeat on national television, again.
Gradys Yard - October 2018
Gradys Yard is a craft beer pub in Waterford that commissioned me to complete some interior artwork. I free-handed this piece using Montana 94 spray-paint. I adapted their graphic designers concepts to create a unique and interesting spin on their merchandise.
Make-A-Wish Ireland 'wish' - January 2019
The below excerpt is taken from a post on the Make-A-Wish Ireland Facebook page. The foundation commissioned me to create an uplifting mural in their family home, as an ode to their son Angus. I created the work with the use of spray-paint, house paints and a lot of glitter.
"Angus' wish means so much to us as he can no longer understand or speak past the age of a six month old. His wish is extra special as it incorporates all of the things he's always loved. Angus loves Cookie Monster and watching films - this has now been made more comfortable for his eyes due to his optic atrophy. Angus' disease has robbed him of being able to travel and enjoy holidays due to so many complications so, to us this is just the best wish for him. You have truly brightened our little pickles life...”
A special thank you to Caoilfhionn Hanton Art for creating such an inspirational mural based on Angus’ two loves in life, Cookie Monster and
New York. "
Run-A-Muck - May 2018
I was asked to paint a few images in Tramore's finest kids' play area and I jumped at the opportunity. I have many happy memories as a child there myself! I wanted to convey the image of joy and excitement as to aid the kids' experience in this hired 'party' space, and I've been told it does indeed provoke a positive response with the children and the adults who attend these parties, also.
I used spray paint and house paint again.