Hope Valley, Bloomsday 2010

Hope Valley, Bloomsday 2010

2010, 51x61cm, Acrylic on canvas, 285

Over the past few years, some friends and I have taken to celebrating the 16th of June in honour of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' - a novel which takes place in Dublin on the 16th of June, 1904. The day is called 'Bloomsday' after the protagonist of the novel, Leopold Bloom.

This celebration takes the form of a prolonged pub crawl, starting in familiar territory, but often wandering to places we don't usually go, in an attempt to make the day more of an adventure, or more in keeping with the tone of the novel.

These paintings are an attempt to capture the hazy recollections of our Bloomsday adventures.