Jim Fitzpatrick, His Art, Dublin, and a Band called Thin Lizzy. . .
The essay “took a different slant and it works. No one bothers to try to tell the real story of myself and Philip and Dublin of the time and of our times as well as you have tried. Big thanks. PS. Use this quote if you want no prob. It’s the truth.” Jim Fitzpatrick 1/16/17 (Thank you, Jim!)
Over the past few years I have reached out to Jim Fitzpatrick on one or two occasions. At one point I was intrigued with a picture of his and wonde
ing about licensing it, which did not happen. I also at one point got some prints of Thin Lizzy album covers, which he signed, which was very cool. I have wandered his site multiple times. He offers a range of artworks on it. He is not just about Thin Lizzy. Oh, he has a section dedicated to the work he did with the band and with Philip Lynott, but he also has an extensive catalog of work ranging from Celtic Mythology, to Irish Revolutionaries, to Irish Writers, to his classic Che Guevara poster.
Further, the way in which he offers these subjects up is unique. He has taken all of these: the Irish mythology, he has taken contemporary Irish writers and political revolutionaries, one of the most famous political revolutionaries in Che Guevara, and given them new life through his art. His art is a mix of what I would call political and graphic art. His work is beautiful, and it is different. You know when you are looking at art created by Jim Fitzpatrick.
So after gazing at his work on line and off, and I do have his work around me; I am proud of the wall length Chinatown poster behind me. After looking at these works for so long, I realized I can give back, writing about them and the artist behind them. And that is my intent here. To share what I see in these pieces of art, and more interestingly to share a few of the points and details I gained from my several conversations with Jim Fitzpatrick in the past months.
What follows is my attempt at that. The project, however, has evolved and that is why I have modified the title. It became not only a discussion of Jim Fitzpatrick, but an exploration of Dublin circa 1970 and Ireland in general. I simply realized in the course of writing this that you could not understand the man, without some understanding of Ireland and even more so Dublin. And this is true not only of Jim, but of our band Thin Lizzy.
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