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About the Artist
My grandfather, Edward Conlon, was born in Athlone, County Westmeath but came to this country when he was only eight years old. He lived in Brooklyn, where he met my grandmother, Kathryn Kernan who was from County Donegal. “Conlon” is the diminutive of O’Connallain.
While I had always been proud to be Irish, I had no real idea of what my ancestors had accomplished until I read “How the Irish Saved Civilization.” Afterwards, I became very interested in the monastery movement and Celtic Art. I decided to produce a work of Celtic art.
The method I used was getting books with pictures of ancient Celtic manuscripts and artifacts and copying the designs, learning the basics of knots, key patterns, spirals, and half uncial script.
I then put together an assortment of these designs to create The Irish Wedding Toast. The first version wasn’t good enough and I spent another two years, full time, perfecting it. It was important to me that the work closely resemble the original art work. I hope that I succeeded.
When you look at the detail of the work in the prints, you decide whether or not it was worth the years of effort but please consider that maybe, just maybe, I was able to capture a bit of the ancient Celtic Magic.