Jim Macairt – The Sun

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Who are you and what do you do?

Jim MacAirt : Painter. I have just returned from living in Connemara Ireland and now live in Brighton UK. I studied printmaking at Eastbourne college of Art 1973 -1976. Exhibited 1978-90 at various venues including ICA London, The London film Co-op , The Bezzial Gallery Mayfair, The Crypt gallery London, Watford museum and art gallery.

Began tattooing full-time 1990. Recognised worldwide as one of the primary innovators of modern European tattooing. After three decades of tattooing I am now painting full time.

I have been practising Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years. Before I start a day’s work I sit in meditation to allow some spaciousness. I prepare the support from the beginning, assembling the wooden frame and meticulously stretching the linen, this is a vital part of the process. Then over a series of days I will apply several layers of paint to form heart or ground layers. I then apply the final motif or icon.

Tell us about your piece.
The Sun painting here is uncomplicated. The primary purpose is to be a focus for meditation practice. And in the tradition of Thanka painting it is mindfully constructed of the best materials .

It should be an interesting object in itself , that has an essence of the power and magic of the sun.

Gold leaf -Acrylic on Linen 60×60 cms
In the collection of Nick Cave (musician)

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Joseph Mallord William Turner is said to have uttered his last words “The sun is God” – I believe this to be true, the Sun… is.. God!

Is the Sun male or female ?
Neither or both.

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