Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Jamie Howard 

BA [Hons] Art

I am a 23-year-old emerging artist nearing completion of my BA in Visual Arts, with experience in various public installations from murals to sculpture. My art reflects social themes and combines traditional techniques with innovative methods. Passionate about continual learning, I seek opportunities to integrate new ideas into my work. Inspired by the people and places I encounter, my goal is to create impactful, accessible art that fosters unity. My mission as an artist is to observe, respond, and educate on important topics, adding to conversations by consistently sharing my findings and perspectives through art and creative practice.

Jamie Howard, From Hate with Love, 2024, Series of 6 pieces.

From Hate with Love is a series that attempts to delve into the complex interplay of conflict and resilience. This collection integrates visual metaphors of struggle and endurance through a series of thought-provoking artworks. Each piece is inspired by observations from regions marked by historical and ongoing tensions, namely the Middle East and Ireland. The artworks utilize elements such as flowers, fireworks, imitation glass, and tape to symbolize the delicate balance between destruction and hope, protest and celebration. The series not only aims to capture the uneven impacts of strife but also reflects on the enduring human spirit and the communal desire for unity and peace. By presenting these dualities within a singular visual framework, From Hate with Love invites viewers to engage in a reflective dialogue about overcoming adversity through shared experiences and collective resilience.

“Marking Your Territory: An exploration of the implementation of Art and Symbolism in conflict areas as a means of subversive communication.”

This thesis by Jamie Howard examines the use of art and symbolism in conflict areas for cultural and political expression in both a positive and negative sense. Focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the West Bank and The Troubles in Northern Ireland, it explores the historical context of symbolism, the creation of art for Western markets, and the role of guerrilla art and murals in solidarity movements. The research, based on first-hand observations, interviews, and analysis of various artworks and symbols, highlights how these elements serve as tools for political communication, social commentary, and the celebration of cultural identity. This work aims to provide a deeper understanding of the transformative power of art in conflict zones and its impact on the communities involved. The thesis underscores the resilience and creativity of individuals who use art to voice their experiences and aspirations, fostering a sense of unity and hope amidst adversity. Additionally, it considers the influence of international perspectives on local art practices and the interplay between global and local narratives in shaping artistic expressions.