Sunday, April 28, 2013

Art by Bono for auction

Limited-edition prints of U2 star’s art in Dublin auction

Jack B Yeats, Sir William Orpen, Seán Keating, Colin Middleton, Mary Swanzy and, eh, Bono? The U2 star is among the artists in Morgan O’Driscoll’s auction on Monday. Lot 188 is a set of limited-edition prints of the drawings made by Bono in 2003 to illustrate “a new interpretation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf by Gavin Friday”.
The estimate for the signed set of five giclée prints (set number 28 from an edition of 200 copies) is €2,000-€3,000. It is understood that the vendor paid €5,000 at the time.
The original drawings/paintings by Bono were sold at a charity auction, to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation, at Christies’ in New York 10 years ago amd made $368,000 (€283,000).
The prints, and more than 200 other lots, go on view from noon today at the Clyde Court (formerly Berkeley Court) Hotel in Ballsbridge where the auction takes place on Monday at 6pm.
A small early painting by Jack B Yeats, titled Hot Weather/Hot Day and dating from 1913, is from a private Dublin collection and is appearing at auction for the first time. The oil-on-board , measuring just 18cm by 28cm, is estimated at €30,000-€60,000.
Other highlights include a late self-portrait portrait by Seán Keating, painted when he was aged 83 in 1972, five years before his death (€6,000-€8,000); The Old House, Pont-Aven , a late 19th-century Breton village scene by Co Down artist, Helen Mabel Trevor (€4,000-€6,000); and, In The National Gallery by Thomas Ryan with an inscription dated Oct 4th, 1965, describing the picture as “Oliver Snoddy seated. The two daughters of Mr Guerin, porter, near door”, (€2,500-€3,500). 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

U2.COM : Walk This Way

Adam has signed a pair of his favourite Alexander McQueen Puma high tops - and they're under the hammer right now on ebay.

In total over 40 pairs of shoes, donated and signed by Ireland’s top celebrities and sport stars, are available from the eBay store ‘walkinmyshoes2013’.

All funds raised will be donated to ‘Walk in My Shoes’,  a campaign raising support for mental health services for young people in Ireland.

Paul Gilligan CEO of St. Patrick’s University Hospital said, 'Unfortunately talking about mental illness is still taboo, through Walk in My Shoes we are hoping to get the message across that mental illness can affect anyone at anytime and talking about it is vital.'

The auction runs until Sunday - check out the footwear and make your bid.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

U2.COM : 'One I Keep Coming Back To'

Ahead of Walk In My Shoes day this  Friday, Hot Press have posted their recent interview with Adam.

Walk In My Shoes, an initiative of St. Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin, is all about raising funds and  awareness of mental health issues facing young Irish people.

As well as talking in depth about the taboos surrounding mental health, Adam also talks about the work he and the band are doing in the studio - and some of the music he's been listening to. He namechecks albums by The Tribes, The Vaccines, The Villagers, The Original Rudeboys and The Maccabees. 

'The Tribes album, Baby, is one I keep coming back to. The Vaccines have that garage-y Ramones thing going on, which I’m a sucker for. The Villagers album is great - Conor J. O’Brien is an incredibly talented guy. I made a bit of a connection today at the Walk In My Shoes launch with The Original Rudeboys - they have a lot of energy. A band I really like and got to see in London recently are The Maccabees. They sound quite tough on record, but live are a bit… not wimpy, sensitive!'

So there's five to watch from Adam but while you wait for the next U2 album what five bands are you getting into? What album are you loving right now? Who've you caught live that blew you away? In the comments below,  spread the word on the five acts and five records you're into in 2013.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

U2.COM : 'Always There For Me...'

'U2 are a very important part of my life. They have always been there for me through thick and thin, Marking the best moments in my life. From my father taking me on a trip to Ireland for a concert, to seeing them 8 times over 4 countries with my girlfriend for the 360 tour. ( We are now getting married.) 4 guys so important...'

That's Jonathan Craig, the man behind the U22 Zombie vid, one of our previous competition winners. He and other competition winners have been speaking to bigwave over on Zootopia

Meantime, the judges are now in session to decide the five winners of our U2FTGU competition. White smoke expected next week.  For some of the best entries take a look at the rotating gallery on the homepage of Zootopia or scroll down the twitter feed to the right.  You can also check in with @u2com on Twitter or search #U2FTGU.