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Poster of 1984 Printmaking Exhibition

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The image was obtained from Anthony Lysycia who attended the Royal College of Art with Ian in the Printmaking Department.


Early images of Ian’s art published in Larne, Northern Ireland “The Grammarian”

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Images courtesy of Stuart Nelson - former head of Larne Grammar Art Department.

Poems by Ian Darragh

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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.)

1974-The Gulls
1975-Old Man’s Prayer
1975-Shot Rogue Elephant
1976-The Girl with Green

1977-Apparition on a Beach
1977-Three Prayers

Happy Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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.

1985, Valentine, Mixed media, 27cm x 18cm

1985, Valentine, Mixed media, 27cm x 18cm

Poem written for Ian

Monday, August 1st, 2011

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,
Artisan’s hands,
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.

Ian’s “Speaking on the Telephone” used for “A Poem and a Pint” postcard by Gill Nicholson

Monday, May 3rd, 2010


Ian Darragh 

Ian’s images listed on Saatchi Gallery Online

Monday, March 15th, 2010

1983, Man and Mirror, Lithograph 59cm x 42cm

1983, Man and Mirror, Lithograph, 59cm x 42cm

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.

Owner of “Man Holding Picture” located

Monday, February 15th, 2010

1985, Man Holding Picture, Acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm

1985, Man Holding Picture, Acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm

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 Darragh’s “Figure at a Window” to appear on cover of new Richard Burgin novel

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Figure at Window

1984, Figure at a Window, Acrylic on canvas, 76cm x 56cm

Ian’s “Figure at a Window” will appear on Richard Burgin’s new novel entitled “Rivers Last Longer”.

Tribute to Ian by Yvonne Alexieff

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

1989 Les Musiciens des Rues by Yvonne Alexieff

1989 Les Musiciens des Rues by Yvonne Alexieff

Please visit Yvonne Alexieff’s slideshow whereby Yvonne has taken the above  image she did of Ian 20 years ago and linked some of her current work involving the cirucus with it.

Please visit L’univers circassien d’Yvonne Alexieff