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John Victory is an Irish Artist working from his Celtic Design Studio in Kinvara, Co. Galway. The inspiration filled landscape surrounding Kinvara where the Burren meets the Ocean fuels much of John's work. 'As a subject it is intriguing but as an art form it both delights and challenges the visual senses'. For over 10 years John has been on a fascinating journey through research, study and practice of the traditional techniques and methods of Celtic Art and Design and Celtic Interlace. Throughout this time John has designed and created many of his own original intricate Celtic Designs of knot work, spirals, key patterns and zoomorphics (As seen in the Book of Kells). 'I believe that there is so much to gain from this form of art by exploring the depths of its origins and development of its traditional techniques'.
John draws inspiration from the enchantment of the interaction of all things living and visualises many similarities between the complexity of life and the intricacy of Celtic Interlace. Glimpses of human emotion witnessed and absorbed through his daily observations have led him to incorporate his original design work with fine art illustrations. John has developed a variation of zoomorphics (as seen in the Book of Kells) which encapsulates both people and animal imagery while also helping to tell their story. 'For me Celtic design and knot work can complement and enhance any form of artistic realism in a style which I call 'Fior' (meaning true or pure)'. The Celtic Designs in Johns artwork guides you through and opens up the true existence of the subject in representational realism. They reflect subtlety and display softer edges than those of the ancient manuscripts and as such carry with them a lighter more uplifting story. 'I like to combine classic craft techniques with ancient Celtic traditions to encapsulate my story and portray my own creative interpretations'. Each piece in the 'Fior' collection is an original design using traditional Celtic Design grid and point referencing systems. Copper metals are hand crafted using various versions and combinations of embossing, chasing, etching and repousse techniques. The finished crafted piece is carefully then set in a sandstone render and subsequently polished before being signed, mounted and framed. This unique art form enables the reflection of natural light in warm ambient tones from the surface of the copper adding voice and radiance to the story. Simultaneously the natural light is absorbed into the sandstone to add definition and further illumination to the subject.