Barry Finnegan and Killian Walsh
ARTISTS: Barry Finnegan and Killian Walsh
Title of work: An Ríastrad
Medium: acrylic spray paint
Location: Market Square, Dundalk
About this work:
Ríastrad depicts aspects of An Táin Bó Cuailgne in which Queen Maeve’s obsessive desire for the Brown Bull of Cooley leads to her army clashing with CúChulainn in County Louth, with much of the story being set on or around the Cooley Mountains. The artists have made a typographic representation of An Táin between Queen Maeve and the Cooley Mountains in the work. Ríastrad is an old Irish word which, in his translation of An Táin, Thomas Kinsella translates as ‘warp spasm’.
Killian Walsh studied Visual Communications at DIT and uses a wide range of media, including graffiti, traditional spray paint, acrylic and oil paint, photography, etching techniques and sketching. He works as a graphic designer and as a solo artist and collaboratively.
Barry Finnegan holds a B.A in Visual Communication and works in a variety of media. Working collaboratively, he has been commissioned to make work for painted for major companies, brands, festivals and arts organisations. He has exhibited his work across Ireland and overseas.