Steve Stapleton - collage album covers

An unusual and exciting opportunity to see the prolific Steve Stapleton’s art work within his local vicinity. These are his original artworks designed for album covers.  

Steve lives locally, and quietly. Over the waters he is an acclaimed international artist who has a devoted following for his creative outputs.  Steven Stapleton is a British artist and sonic adventurer and the only constant member for the past 30 years of experimental, avant garde band Nurse With Wound. Steve Stapleton is also a graphic artist and painter and has designed many album sleeves and book covers. Under the name, Babs Santini, Stapleton has created the artwork for most of the Nurse With Wound recordings, as well as for other artists, such as Coil, Sand, The Legendary Pink Dots, Current 93 and others.  


With Stapleton’s art it is clear that there is a dark and irreverent vision, not without artistic precedents and contemporaries. The list begins but certainly doesn’t end with Goya, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, Raoul Hausmann, the Dadaists, The Situationists and Martin Kippenberger, artists that defy easy categories and for whom conventions were meant to be upended, lovingly and unexpectedly, used and abused and battered into unconventional and sometimes rather beautiful shapes.


Stapleton is often seen as one of the pioneers of the British industrial music scene, alongside bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Psychic TV, although in his music he has explored a wide range of styles, including free-form improvisation, musique concrete, drone, folk and even Latin American Dance rhythms. Nurse With Wound is Stapleton’s main outlet for his musical and sound art works, occasionally in collaboration with other musicians such as Coil, Stereolab, SunnO))), Faust, Whitehouse and other underground luminaries. He has also appeared on records by other artists and worked as a producer. He has run the United Dairies record label since 1978, which apart from the Nurse With Wound output, released records by many experimental artists including Irish contemporary composer Roger Doyle’s avant ensemble, ‘Operating Theatre’, legendary improvisation group AMM and krautrock masters Guru Guru. 


We are delighted to have some of Steve’s visual art work displayed in the Gort Framing Studio until December 2108.

This follows his recent one man show , Doing what we Are Told Makes Us free, and sleep concert at the Burren College of Art in May ,2017.

The next images are just a few of Steve’s many album sleeves, this first one uses an image captured on camera by our very own Gort Framer,  Andreas Edler. 



Photography exhibition

Currently exhibiting in our Studio gallery is work by photographer Andreas Riemenschneider. Not to be confused with our own Andreas the Framer, but they do have some things in common! Drop into the Studio to have a look at the photographs, we have a few more than listed here. Framed photographic prints €135 each,  approx 60x50 cm. We also have a selection of small mounted prints.

Born in East Germany in 1971, Andreas moved to Ireland in 2001, and has been living (mostly) in the West of Ireland ever since. Photography always interested him, but it wasn't until around 2005 when he started to seriously get into photography. Like most people he started with landscape photography, which is something he still loves to do, but recently he got more into portrait and documenting the here and now.

Andreas' pictures have been published in The Clare Champion, The Clare People, The Irish Farmers Journal, The Guide to the Wild Atlantic Way, and several websites. He shot the album cover for Irish musician Fia Rua's album, The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High, as well as promotional images for his tour booklet. Not to forget our shop front photo, the one we use for the website and Facebook banner ! 

Framed photographic prints €135 each,  approx 60x50 cm. 


This photograph of the Cliffs Of Moher has an incredible 3d effect when viewed in real life.

This photograph of the Cliffs Of Moher has an incredible 3d effect when viewed in real life.

Galway Hookers .

Galway Hookers .

Andreas also does commercial work if you need someone to cover your event, whether you are looking for a family or a business portrait. You can contact him through email cosmofoto@outlook.com or here at the FramingStudio.

   Award winning portrait by Andreas Riemenscheider

   Award winning portrait by Andreas Riemenscheider