from James Joyce to his lover Nora from the early 1900’s, these original letters are mostly discarded or still unknown by a lot of Joyce lovers worldwide, Cunningham has set out to write and paint his version of the letters in large canvases accompanied by a 24 page book.
The idea was to create thirteen sequential illustrations larger than life and in a medium suited for art galleries brave enough to show them, Using acrylics, the background colours are typical of early 1900’s with layered skin tones to create depth, within keeping the signature black lines illustrative style while adding humour to this highly erotic subject.
The main object of the project was to write a homage of the original letters and graphically paint the neediness or reliance of Jim for his beloved woman, to show a very human side a man very much in love, the paintings illustrate the passion he had for Nora more than any book or poem ever written by Jim.
Olly Cunningham is an Irish comic artist, born in Dublin 1973. as a child he delved into comic books and drew consistently.
After studying in art college in 1991 he worked as a political cartoonist for business and finance magazine but it wasn’t until 2010 that he decided to get back to making art regularly,
In 2016 he created Black Lines Comics, which consisted or stories of sex drugs and violence toppling with dark humour, drawn purposely with limited tools to push boundaries and force a style from it, he decided the task of writing and illustrating a 100 page graphic Novel.
gaining notoriety in the indie “adult“ comic scene, self publishing his own work has given him success to creating art with no censorship or boundaries.