The Art of Superstition


We live in a world surrounded by superstitions. One person’s religion is another person’s myth… one person’s fear is another’s amusement.

Illustrators Ireland follow up the nationwide success of their 2012 show ?‘The Illustrated Beatles’ with a wonderful new group exhibition examining the world of irrational beliefs.

Featuring works from 40 leading Illustrators, including PJ Lynch, Steve Simpson and Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey, ‘The Art of Superstition’ demonstrates just why today’s Irish illustrators are held in such high international esteem. In recent years members of Illustrators Ireland have been recognised in international award ceremonies and competitions such as 3X3 magazine, American Illustration, Association of Illustrators (UK) and the Society of Illustrators (NY).

Image by Alé Mercado

External Link: The Art of Superstition at The Copper House

Alé Mercado

When I set off in search of my style, I ended up working in two main directions: The first one has to do with the creative aspect of illustration. After trying to emulate different people based on the appeal they had to me or their success, I finally found a visual language that I can honestly say is my own way of seeing things. The second direction has to do with the actual process of producing the image. Traditional relief printing gave me the key to make sense of what I was doing digitally. To the point that they've become almost interchangeable. It was in an interview to Zina Saunders that I heard for the first time "Digicut" referred to her digital woodcut work. I immediately adopted the term to describe mine. I am a member of Illustrators Ireland and The Association of Illustrators

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