The Irish Art of Levitating
As we went to Dublin in April 2013, one of my plans was to drink a pint of Guinness beer while listening to traditional Irish music in a typical Irish pub. If I remember well, I have had only one Guinness before in my life, and it was in an Irish bar in Gibraltar. Well, in Dublin I had to wait until the last day to get my beer -which I enjoyed very much by the way, the look as well as the taste- Unfortunately at the time of the day I had it, no Irish music was available to listen to. And the one evening we spent in Dublin, after having attended a gig by German metal rock musician Michael Schenker, nearly all the pubs were closed! A very frustrating experience…
Nevertheless, Guinness was omnipresent in Dublin and its surroundings, as one might expect, and mainly in the form of funny adverts which I really liked. The ‘vintage’ Guinness adverts from a bygone era were reproduced everywhere. As I saw that street performer – and I am sure that many people who visited Dublin will have seen him and, judging by the look in their eyes, wondered how in the hell he was managing it! – Anyway, as I saw him levitating, surrounded by a circle of little orange cones, I had the idea for the painting above, something of an amalgam of the images that assaulted my senses in the Irish capital, Guinness, crazy street performers, and more Guinness…
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