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The Dark Rocks of Ferreter’s cove
In a distant place, far, far, far away . . .  Beyond the narrow confines of conscious mind, lodged deep within the depths of the subconscious. A symbolic and enchanted realm exists, tangled and enmeshed within dreams.   A world full of creative possibilities where the finite becomes infinite, illuminated visions emerge from the darkness, images ablaze within a myriad of vivid colours. A treasure trove of ideas, insights, images and concepts.   The keys to unlock the past, present and future, lay eclipsed within. The role of an artist is to capture these subconscious visions, to unpick, unlock and untangle a dimension that remains somewhat elusive, and thus in doing so, bring these images into life.  It’s only by painting my dreams, that I finally set them free.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mike  Flannery
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About

Some say . . . that he barks incessantly at the moon on windswept nights. Other’s say, that when he turns his head to the left, it makes a loud audible clicking sound. More say, that when you look into his eyes they glow a bright fluorescent orange and reflect back the whole cosmos. God I hate writing artist statements, so I’ll keep it short. Born in Galway city in the west of Ireland in 1971, and somehow he is still alive today. Self-taught as an Artist, Mike paints mainly using oil paint and its usually on canvas. But this can also include his clothes, skin, sofa, carpets, soft furnishings or anything else that he happens to come in contact with. An unhealthy attraction to water and can usually be found near the coast, rivers, lakes, or streams . . . and at times even a puddle will suffice. A love of Angling and the outdoor life, often immersed in Nature to the point of near drowning. Its no surprise the ancient Romans referred to Ireland, as the land of perpetual gloom. With most summers akin to nuclear winters, storm- force winds along with rain of Biblical proportions. Painting the Irish landscape with anything other than a mixed palette of greys seams ludicrous. Perhaps due to a vitamin D deficiency from a lack of sunlight, he paints bright vivid seascapes and paints the topography filled with light . . . as he wishes to see it, and on the very odd occasion, sometimes does. Mikes work can be found in many far flung corners . . . but its normally found towards the center and above the fireplace. However on a slightly more serious note, it does include collections of the O.P.W, Galway Hospice and Galway city Museum.
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To Grin and Bear

The Book
Despite the current popularity of self-help books, you’ll probably find most books are just filled with endless fluff - this book is no different, as it’s also filled with fluff . . . quite literally! To Grin and Bear is based on a series of oil paintings, which use a tortured and tormented teddy bear as an archetype to visually illustrate and document abuse, thereby exposing the abuse tactics and toxic behavioural traits of personality disordered individuals such as psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists. Unorthodox in every conventional sense, To Grin and Bear takes the reader on an alternative journey towards self-help, by delving deep into past wounds in order to shed light on darkness. Providing the reader with an understanding of abuse from multiple perspectives. To Grin and Bear is written to empower empathic people with the knowledge, courage, wisdom. All the necessary tools required to overcome and heel from toxic abuse. A journey which is geared towards self-acceptance and self- empowerment, using humour as a bridge in which to transverse the abyss.