Mick Rooney RA - A6 Art on a Ukulele Print
'The Matelots Tale'
Medium: Oil on wood
Ukulele: Tenor Boat Paddle
Mick Rooney RA (British, b.1944) studied at Sutton School of Art from 1959 to 1962, Wimbledon School of Art from 1962 to 1964, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1964 to 1967. Here he was awarded the Austin Abbey Major Scholarship to study at the British School of Rome from 1967 to 1968, where he was commissioned by the Franciscan Order to create a wall mosaic for a new Basilica in Nazareth, Israel. Between 1968 and 1982 he taught part-time at various art colleges. He is a member of Royal Academy and presently resides in W.Oxfordshire.
'Auntie Mary's mandoline
A small gessoed harp but to the flames
Perfumed wood-a Spanish guitar, my first,
a dark shop in Madrid.
Skiffle music with banjo and tea chest bass
Trad jazz guitar badly played
More guitars through pop and folk
A sepia postcard of uke strumming man
A banjolele man not the same
The end of the pier. The trenches of World War One
Palm tree dusky Maiden caressing Uke
Now the finesse of The UOGB
And painted ukulele masterpieces played.'