Brian Cowen Is Exposed To Ridicule By Art Gallery Guerrilla!!
Updated : Mar 27, 2009
The artist responsible for the nude portraits of the Taoiseach which were found hanging in two Dublin art galleries was questioned by gardaí on Tuesday night.
Thirty-five-year-old Dubliner Conor Casby voluntarily accompanied investigators to Pearse Street Garda station. While a file is being prepared for the DPP, it is not thought likely that any charges will be brought. The paintings of Mr Cowen appeared in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) gallery and the National Gallery almost three weeks ago. He was shown holding his underpants in one painting and a toilet roll in the other.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Casby confirmed he had painted the pictures and said they were intended to be an anonymous and non-profit comment on the use of modern media “rather than an attempt to use the media to comment”. He said that he wished to bring the project to an end “by offering the portraits to the highest bidder and donat[ing] the proceeds to charity”.
The Garda investigation has ascertained that Mr Casby has painted similar nudes of other high-profile politicians, including Bertie Ahern and Michael McDowell. On Tuesday, a Garda detective visited the offices of Today FM looking for all e-mails and phone messages which had been sent to the Ray D’Arcy Show by the artist.
Yesterday, Today FM presenter Ray D’Arcy said the show’s producer, Will Hanafin, had spoken to a garda who had told him “the powers that be want action taken”. Mr Hanafin said he was told gardaí wanted the name and contact details of the artist so they could caution him. The detective said the artist was being investigated in connection with three charges: incitement to hatred, indecency, and criminal damage for hammering a nail into a wall of the National Gallery.
Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan criticised the Gardai’s actions. “At a time when the majority of gangland murders remain unsolved, to have gardaí spending their time investigating what amounted to a practical joke that offended the Taoiseach’s ego is a scandalous waste of resources,” he said.
VeryHappyPig says well said, Charlie Flanagan!!