Mariana Santos

Mariana Duarte Santos and Is a figurative artist from Lisbon, Portugal. She works in oil, pen and water colour and printmaking. Mariana’s work has always been more about the world and her observation of it than about herself and any of her inner feelings/turmoil and her artistic subjects are almost always related to people. In her own words, I’m interested in capturing the way they interact/relate to the world, other people, themselves and their surroundings.

 

I’m also very drawn to the relationships between the individual and the collective, as well as life’s illusions and constructs. My work typically has a very strong narrative quality to it as I’m often inspired by stories, history, literature and cinema. I try to use fragments and moments in time/space as a suggestion of something bigger, something more or something hidden. Sometimes my paintings can seem very introspective, both in their themes and overall fell, but they’re always based on observation, both of people and the word around them.

 

I base a good deal of my work in still frames of films and documentaries as well as a huge stack of old photographs I pick up in flee markets/antique shops and pictures I take myself. All these elements are selected, modified and combined to create quiet moments of beauty, mystery, suspense, narratives and suggestions.

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THE STORY

Harry Tempest

(1881-1964)

It is said that Harry Tempest should have been a journalist as his observational skills were outstanding. He noted the passing scene in a humorous, whimsical manner and recorded it through his doodles, drawings & photography. Harry was a creative thinker and a visionary, not only of artistic endeavour, but he understood the importance of chronicling local history and events for the benefit of generations to come!  

Printer • Publisher • Artist/Cartoonist • Writer • Graphic Designer

Local Historian • Archivist • Photographer

Henry Tempest, affectionally known as Harry, was the eldest son of William Tempest who founded the printing company of Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd. on Crowe Street in 1859.

The company expanded quickly and eventually comprised of a three-storey printing works and a retail shop dealing in stationery, books, sheet music, pianos, gramophones, toys and sports goods. Harry was greatly influenced by his parent’s entrepreneurial side, and his         father’s creative side, and this undoubtedly inspired him to eventually take over the family’s printing business.

He loved to travel, and touring extensively throughout Europe, he always took along his camera and sketchbook to record items of interest. He married a lady called Alice Vine in England and soon afterwards they moved to Dundalk, to a house in Mill Street which they christened the “Garden House” and the couple went on to spend the rest of their lives there.

Harry took over the family business when his father died in 1918. Described as a maker of fine and beautiful books, he specialised in the printing of academic, educational and historic books. His famous Tempest Annuals are the greatest record of commercial, historical and cultural life in Dundalk and were published for over a hundred years.

These publications reflected Harry’s own interests in the history of Dundalk and County Louth as he was one of the founding members of the Dundalk Museum (1911) and also one of the founding members of the County Louth Archaeological Society (in 1903). In 1953 this society’s council awarded him a gold medal for services rendered, and for his contribution of 103 articles to the journal. He is one of only 3 recipients of this honour!

He is fondly remembered as one of the leading local historians, amateur archaeologist and chroniclers of his era, leaving behind an invaluable record of Dundalk and surrounds, which is cherished to this day.

We highly recommend a visit to Dundalk Library where a full collection of the Tempest Annuals is available to view in the Reference Library upstairs.

Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd. ceased trading in 2017 after 158 years in business.

This mural is a tribute to one of Dundalk’s finest sons.