ANCIENT ANTRIM © Hamish Burgess 2013.
Signed and numbered Limited Edition Giclée print of 300 on water-colour paper, in 2 sizes: 16 x 12 inches, and 24 x 18 inches, plus both have a white unprinted border.
Ancient style Celtic art by Hamish Burgess, the original hand painted with acrylics on canvas (not yet sold). Created as the background for the cover of ‘The Irish Rovers Songbook’. Hamish found an ancient Celtic art connection to the founding band members’ home county of Antrim, Ireland.
The piece is based on an ancient stone in Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland, known as the Derrykeighan Stone, carved possibly about 200 BC on local stone, in the early La Tène style of Celtic art, with curvilinear shapes and spirals. It was discovered in 1977, an earlier stone built into ruined walls of St. Colman’s Parish Church, Derrykeighan, near Bushmills. It had been placed there when the church was rebuilt in the 17th century. The old area was known as Daire Caechan or Ceachain, meaning “Oak wood of Ceachain”. The old Church and graveyard at Derrykeighan is a few miles out of Bushmills on the Ballymoney Road, and there is a replica of the ancient stone in the churchyard. An early Christian monastery was founded here in the 6th century.
Hamish filled and surrounded the original Derrykeighan Stone design with other early shapes in the style of the Turoe Stone of the same La Tène era.
All prints signed and numbered by the artist in pencil at the bottom.
The print you receive will not have the artist’s name across it, as in the photo. That is for internet viewing only.
Aloha and mahalo for looking.