Jim Fitzpatrick – A Starting Point. . .
Those of you who know and listen to Thin Lizzy probably know Jim Fitzpatrick or at the least have some appreciation of his work. The man did most of the album covers for Thin Lizzy, starting with Vagabonds of the Western World. He proceeded to do cover and artwork for Nightlife, Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox, Bad Reputation, Black Rose, and Chinatown. Plus he also did Philip Lynott’s second solo album, the Philip Lynott Album. So for Lizzy fans, you have seen the man’s work, even if you did not ponder who the artist was or what his story was.
Further, if you have ever tracked down the books of poetry that Philip has, all of them feature the work of Jim Fitzpatrick. Being the Lizzy fan that I am, I did track down Mr. Fitzpatrick and have had a few conversations with the man. It turns out, not surprisingly, that these are interesting not only in regard to Thin Lizzy, but regarding the man himself, and his art.
Now this post is just an introduction, a teaser. I still need to chase the man down regarding a few further points, and I have barely begun to pull out the story and get it on the page or screen.
That said, I did want to introduce the man and provide some sampling of things to come.
For anyone who wants to see more of his artwork, the place to go is www.jimfitzpatrick.com.