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General: 01 May 2015

King’s Inns New Print Series by John Short

King’s Inns New Print Series by John Short

King’s Inns has featured in many great 19th century prints as one of the iconic buildings of Dublin. In the modern era, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns has specially commissioned artists such as Robert Ballagh, David Evans, Stephen Woulfe Flanagan and Michael Craig to realise visual impressions of external and internal views of the Inns and the courtroom settings where some of our graduates work as practising Barristers, court officials and Judges. As the last copies of our current print series are practically sold out, we recently commissioned another renowned Irish based artist, John Short, to do a new King’s Inns print series. John’s biographical details are given below. What drew us to his work is his sense of place and the human movement in his work. His is a cinematic vision but intimate, personal and ‘in the moment’. For anyone with a feeling for the ‘majesty of the law’ and the drama of legal life, acquiring these prints will surely be a priority before the new limited edition is sold out. Every print sold will be personally signed and numbered by the artist and hand embossed with the historic ‘1541’ bronze seal of King’s Inns.

Biography of John Short

John was born in Fife, Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal College of Art, London. In London he worked freelance for publishers, contributed to exhibitions and undertook private commissions worldwide. He moved to Dublin in 1980 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Illustration and Drawing in the School of Art & Design DIT. He continued to practice with publishers and private watercolour portrait commissions but since 2005 he has focused on producing and exhibiting location based artworks both in Ireland and internationally. His work is based on field trips to Scotland, North Africa, China, Australia and Ireland, particularly his local area on the South County Dublin coast. His work takes many formats including sketchbook drawings, large–scale watercolour, ink and photo transfer images, digital prints and 3D paper sculptures. He has been the recipient of many awards including The Royal College of Art Drawing Prize, The Berger Colour Prize and recently The Royal Watercolour Society, London, Artists Award.

John works and lives with his wife and family in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland.

“Giving the impression of spontaneity is important in my work. Being casual and relaxed certainly helps through much practice and draughtsmanship. Often the quickest seemingly throwaway and most immediate use of materials can often capture more than a few too many strokes. Make it look effortless, controlled and well observed.”

Visit John’s website here >> 

King’s Inns Print Series 2015

There are six prints in total. Each print is a limited run and all proceeds’ goes towards King’s Inns student development. 

Print No. 1 – King’s Inns Library click to view print

Print No. 2 – King’s Inns Henrietta Street click to here print

Print No. 3 – Opening of the Legal Year at King’s Inns click to view print       

Print No. 4 – The Foyer of King’s Inns click to view print             

Print No. 5 – The Round Hall, Four Courts click to view print            

Print No. 6 – The Law Library, Four Courts click to view print    

Dimensions for each print: 41.5inches by 21inches

Please note that these prints are on display framed in “The Barrister’s Tea Rooms” in the Four Courts, and “Hanley at the Bar” and “The Sheds” in The Bar Council of Ireland. 

Price: €200 per print unframed and excluding delivery. Add €160 per print for framing on acid free paper, from our local framer: Barry Dunne Framing Company.

A composite price of €1,000 when you purchase all six prints unframed and €1,960 framed.

The print series can be purchased online here.