Mick Minogue tells it as it is

ONE of Kilkenny’s artistic treasures Mick Minogue is sharing his wealth of experience with young artists who are competing in he Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards 2012.

ONE of Kilkenny’s artistic treasures Mick Minogue is sharing his wealth of experience with young artists who are competing in he Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards 2012.

Artist, crafter and awards judging panellist, Mick Minogue will provide some top tips for young aspiring artists in the local schools who are keen to express their artistic talent.

Mick Minogue is a freelance illustrator and professional art and crafter. Mick, who is originally from Kilkenny lives and works in Dublin making commission based for clientele all over the world. His works are born out of his love for childhood nostalgias and 80’s pop culture. Mick has most recently started showing his sculptural illustrative based work in galleries in both LA and New York. Mick describes himself as an 80’s kid trapped in a 29-year-old’s body, just like Tom Hanks in the film Big.

“Painting is another way of talking or storytelling. When I was little I used to have imaginary friends, loads of them. One was a robot, one was a shadow dog, another was a ink fairy that would fly around on a paper aeroplane. These were all the characters I wanted to see in cartoons or books. I loved making comics and little stories sending them on adventures. The best part was I didn’t have to be an artist to do this. I am an grown up artist now, that’s my job, but even now I always try go back to when I was little because that’s when your imagination is the best. When I start a picture now I always draw it really lightly with a pencil so I can see it in front of me. That way before I paint it I can see my mistakes before I make them, like a fortune telling artist. Remember that you have to make mistakes to get better otherwise we’d never know what’s the wrong way to paint or draw. Keep drawing every day and I can’t wait to see all the amazing imaginations come to life for the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards,” he said.

The competition has grown over the last four years and the 2012 competition looks set to be the biggest yet. Recognising the difficulties schools are finding themselves in due to cut backs, this year Sightsavers will have cash prizes for the overall winning schools along with a variety of top art prizes. The competition is open to primary school students of all ages and this year’s theme is ‘I dream’ with an invitation to every budding artist to create a vision of how they would like to see the world.

For more information please visit: www.sightsavers.ie/juniorpainter. The closing date for entry is November 30.