From top: the revolutionaries collection; Jim Fitzpatrick
Jim Fitzpatrick‘s Irish Revolutionaries Print Collection.
Posters from a revolutionary artist for the year that’s in it.
I was compelled to start the Irish Revolutionaries Print Collection when I saw how the government was attempting to airbrush the he roes of 1916 from history, not mentioning them in the centenary celebrations. If I ask, who are the seven signatories of the Irish proclamation? or what it is? a frightening amount of Irish people have no idea.
I have spent the last 40 years as an artist and writer creating hundreds of artworks and four books on our ancient myths and legends, of which few are known, in order to help preserve our rich heritage so that to be Irish is not reduced to a drunken St. Patrick’s holiday where the only symbols of Ireland are the shamrock and leprechaun.
I think it shameful, when you look at how well the Founding Fathers of the United States are remembered, that men and women who gave their lives so that Ireland might be free are so thoughtlessly forgotten. It is our privilege to live in a time when Ireland is free. It is our obligation to remember.
I’ve done this before. In 1968 I created one of the most famous images of a revolutionary in history with the now iconic Ché Guevara poster. I want the images of our founders and the Irish Proclamation to proliferate.
The Irish Proclamation is as relevant a document today as it was one hundred years ago. It’s principles, still not implemented, worth fighting for.
We Will Remember!
PS if you are a victim of the recession like most of us and can not afford these prints I have free digital print versions for download, so please feel free to download and print them for yourself and your family.
Rising-related, Irish-made stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org marked ‘Rising’.