Two Birthday Pieces...


1. Noughts and Crosses by Paul Durcan and Constance Short 1994
2. Cronin in Warsaw by Paul Durcan and Constance Short.2004

Medium : Drawing and lino-print.   ||   Size: approx 1 metre square (each)

Price: euro3000 each, euro5000 for the pair.

Note from Constance Short
When Paul Durcan and I were 50, I invited him to make a piece of artwork with me to celebrate/commemorate/record our birthday. I did the images and he wrote the poem. It is called, “Noughts & Crosses”. This year, when we were 60, I decided to ask Paul to make another piece of artwork with me to commemorate etc., our 60th birthday. I suggested that as I am writing now, and as at 60, you can do what you like, that he perhaps would do the drawing and I do the writing, and this is what we have done! The piece is called “Cronin in Warsaw”. The title is taken from Paul’s drawing.
The work was first shown in the Linenhall Library Belfast (Sept 2004), Then in The Basement Gallery Dundalk (Nov 2004). They were shown most recently in Project Arts Centre, East Essex St., Dublin (Dec 2004 and Jan 2005) where they were unveiled by MARY CLOAKE Director of The Irish Arts Council at an evening of poetry and chat. Paul read his poem to Anthony Cronin “A Poet in Poland” which inspired his drawing for the 60th birthday piece “Cronin in Warsaw”. Many thanks to Niamh O Donnell, General Manager of Project for organising a wonderful evening

PAUL DURCAN is Ireland Professor of Poetry 2004 to 2007