The image was obtained from Anthony Lysycia who attended the Royal College of Art with Ian in the Printmaking Department.
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Images courtesy of Stuart Nelson - former head of Larne Grammar Art Department.
These are poems published in the Larne Grammarian by Ian courtesy of Mary Nelson - former English teacher for Advanced Level GCE in 6th form who kindly duplicated these from her archives. (To view the poems, click on poem and then click again in new window for a pdf version.)
I received this image of a Valentine Ian gave to an old flame this past week so I thought I would put it up for the occasion.
Below is a poem written by Lorna Stevens - a friend of Ian’s from Northern Ireland who held a small memorial service for Ian in July 2011.
Ian: The Return of the Artist
A dream of blue sky, golden sands
Two lovers holding one another
Flying through the air amidst translucent orbs,
Being carried towards the sea by the wind,
Like dandelion seed heads or scudding clouds,
Then gently descending into warm shallow water and lapping waves.
Salt air, whipped hair, a storm in July
Three sisters gather on grey sand facing grey water
To scatter some of Ian’s ashes in the Irish sea.
A faint scent of sacred incense in the dust.
Recalling the agony of his genius,
His ethereal beauty,
Pale face of a statue,
A tortured man and his art,
His laughter at life’s absurdities.
Later, the visceral terrors of a broken body.
The spiritual succour of Art.
The enchantment of images and words.
Two women and two continents,
One at the beginning, one at the end.
Now completing the cycle,
Returning him to his source,
A small gathering of women,
Laughter and tears,
Paying homage to an impossible man.
Lorna Stevens-Drainsbay-Northern Ireland, 20th July 2011.
Please visit Ian’s page on Saatchi Gallery to view 20 of his images plus biography. Many of these are considered some of his finest work.
The owner of this painting who bought it in 1986 has contacted the website with details of the painting that were previosuly unknown including the dimensions. The beauty gallery and archive has been updated with these new details.
In addition, the image was chosen by Art Quotes fine art directory as an avatar for the website listing.
Ian’s “Figure at a Window” will appear on Richard Burgin’s new novel entitled “Rivers Last Longer”.