Paperback: unknown number of pages
Publisher: De Danann Press
"The Celtia series of drawings was inspired primarily by my life-long obsession with the Tuatha De Danann, that ancient race of heroes and heroines reputed to have inhabited Ireland in Pre-Celtic times and celebrated by myth and legend. Caught up in the overwhelming impulse of creativity generated by my vision I immersed myself in my work and during the following two years produced first a series of pen and ink drawings then several large paintings united by the theme of Irish mythology but specifically celebrating the gods and goddesses of the Tuatha De Danann.
As a self taught artist I readily acknowledge the debt I woed in that early work to the influence of established artists such as Beardsley, Mucha, Klimt, Schiele and Harry Clarke as well as to the master of Japanese print-making: Hokasai, Kuniyoshi and Hirosighe. More unusual influences stemmed from the work of American comic-strip artist Jack Kirby and Hal Foster, and Russian decorative artists Ivan Bilibin and Boris Zvorykin. Most important of all I feel my work has continued in the tradition of the Golden Age of Irish Manuscript Art (650-800AD) when masterpieces like The Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow were produced. I find nothing unusual about the eclectic nature of my artistic style. Visual art is essentially the communication of ideas from one generation to another by the means of images. Art of the present fuses what is previous from the past with new forms forged by the dialectical processes of time and history.
I am proud of my racial and artistic heritage. I trace the ancestry of my art from its early beginnings in the spirals of Newgrange to its most gracious flowering in The Book of Kells. If other more distant or incongruous influences have shaped my art I proudly acknowledge them as part of that awareness, both common and unique, we all must acquire by virtue of the specific time and place we each inhabit within the twentieth century."
-- Jim Fitzpatrick