Speaking at Inspirefest 2019, Irish artist Jim FitzPatrick took the audience through his impressive back catalogue.

Even if you’ve never heard of Jim FitzPatrick, you’ve definitely seen his work on a whole range of album covers, posters and T-shirts. His most iconic image is his two-tone, red and black painting of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

Shown to the world in 1968, the painting was based on a photograph taken by Alberto Korda, with FitzPatrick having met Che while working in a bar in the town of Kilkee, Co Clare.

Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2019, he said that he was likely one of the first major artists in Ireland to have an online presence in 1995 with prints of his work free to download, which continues today.


Words by Colm Gorey