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Our profile in this month's Newsletter features Kevin Hasson (drum roll). Kevin's ideas are incorporated into many of our murals. With his natural energy and instinctive pragmatism he is the pefect counterfoil to his colleagues, Tom and William. At our studio, Kevin gets very involved in the running of the workshops as, being the proud father of two sets of twins, he has an understanding of our students and the fantastical worlds they inhabit.
Kevin is also widely travelled and has lived for prolonged periods in both the USA and Europe. This breadth of vision is of invaluable use in the day-to-day running of the studio. Kevin's love of music is such (he plays guitar) that he would most certainly have been a pop musician if he had not elected to become a painter.
Kevin Hasson was born on January 8th, 1958. at Creggan Terrace near The Bull Park. The cul-de-sac earned the nickname 'Thundering Down' because the incessant rain kept it perpetually flooded."
That month saw the launch of the first American satellite Explorer 1 and the birth of Jules Holland, the musician. Both are still in orbit, although only one of them has ceased transmission.
1958 heralded the death of Pope Pius X11, who remains an embarrassment in the papal archives. Born that year were Michelle Pfieffer, Tim Robbins and the very shy and retiring Prince Albert of Monaco. In the film world, 'Gigi' was all the rage. Greaseball Chevalier's "Dank 'evans for leeetle gurrls" became the adopted anthem for paedophiles everywhere. A big hit too was 'Vertigo' which some dramatists consider to be the best film ever made. Elvis Presley was sent off to Germany to show off his haircut to Priscilla. The Arab states formed a confederation and Sadam Hussein celebrated his 21st. We await the trial to find out 'how'.Kevin's interest in music is broad but his all-time favourite singers are "Rory Gallagher, Bob Dylan, , especially the Blood on the Tracks album and Tom Waite". Otherwise, traditional Irish folk music gets the call."
Favourite food? "The ma's 'stewz' (Derry for
stew). In the words of the famous song..."Nothing
So there you have it folks.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
FINDING OUR CREATIVE SELVES
This photo of Kevin at work is a worthy prelude to the following quotation:
"The artist is not a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist."
(Ananda Coomraswamy (1877-1947), Indian writer. Transformation of Nature in Art.)
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