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St Pat’s fashion in foreground

Friday, 19th January, 2018

Amanda Johnson with the painting that will be used for the St Pat’s poster for this year’s race meeting in March. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Amanda Johnson with the painting that will be used for the St Pat’s poster for this year’s race meeting in March. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Tyler Hannigan

Local artist Amanda Johnson has designed the St Pat’s poster with a focus on the fashions that are such a big part of the race day.

Johnson, who owns Willy Nilly Art in Argent St, last designed the poster in 2004 and said she was very happy to get the chance to do another.

“It’s great to be asked to do it again,” Johnson said.

“I really wanted to focus on the fashions which are such a big part of the St Pat’s races.

“My girlfriends and I go along every year and rarely see a horse, but we always have a great time.

“People put a lot of effort into their outfits and I wanted to highlight that in the poster for this year.”

Johnson said that her first trip to St Pat’s happened very early and revolved solely around the fashions.

“I actually went to my first St Pat’s as a teenager just to accompany my cousin who wanted to enter the fashions on the field,” she said.

“After having kids I missed out on a few meetings but went again when I got into my 30s and have rarely missed one since.”

Johnson said that the design, painted on canvas, allowed her to show different art styles and that there might be some recognisable figures in the foreground.

“Up the top of the painting is a new, more contemporary style while down the bottom is the realism that I normally paint with,” she said.

“I’ve modelled some of the people in the foreground on actual people so if you recognise anyone, then it probably is them.”

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