The Servite Church Summer exhibition on the theme of the Holy Spirit included two paintings by Mike. Also shown above, Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil by Fergal Martin and The Forgotten Guest by Lucy Skinner .
Camaradas 2019. Giuseppe Marasco and I painted each others mother reprising our format of 2017 with the thought to build on the success of our personal portraits of each other. We won a Pebeo sponsored painting prize for our entry entitled ‘Your Mum’.
‘The artists have previously presented gold double portraits of one another painted in the technique and codified style of Byzantine Icon painting. Retaining this format they now paint each other’s mother. A planned progression of Anglo-Mexican portraits might include attention to artifacts, national costume and materials communicating cultural, tribal, or national identity. With these in mind the label ‘Your Mum’ wholeheartedly embraces the maternal insult and universal playground taunt in which the same points of celebration are as likely to equally challenge our insecurities.’
Mike’s icon of Our Lady Tenderness included in St Patrick’s Studios Christmas card pack of 5. Artwork credits clockwise from the top Bernard Allen, Mike Quirke, Lucinda May, Nikki Gardham, Alice Robertson
The faculty of the Historic Churches Committe granting permission to work with Mike’s designs for the decoration of the reredos screen commissioned by Guardian Angels RC Church Mile End as part of their 150 celebrations. A Grade II listed building any work on the church has to pass before the committee. The reredos screen is part of a larger project also to include the installation of a stone altar desiged by the overall project manager Bernard Allen.