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Fermanagh artist Jordan Breen who took up painting during pandemic flat out with commissions


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Jordan Breen with one of his paintings

Jordan Breen with one of his paintings

Jordan Breen with one of his paintings

A talented young Co Fermanagh artist who is setting social media alight with his paintings says Covid-19 has created a whole new career for him.

Just one month into 2021 and already Jordan Breen has 20 private commissions for his eye-catching portraiture.

It's a phenomenal achievement considering the student only picked up a paint brush last June because of boredom during lockdown.

Jordan (22), from Enniskillen, is in his final year of a graphic design degree at John Moores University in Liverpool where he has been locked down in a house with five other students during the pandemic.

He studied art at GCSE and A-Level but hadn't painted since and was focused on a career in graphic design.

After posting pictures of his first paintings on Instagram and Facebook last summer, a stunned Jordan found himself bombarded with commissions which have kept him busy ever since.

He says: "It has been a bit mad and a bit overwhelming. Six months ago I didn't even know I could paint. I started because I was so bored during the first lockdown and to give myself a challenge.

"My first painting was of Conor McGregor (right) and I really enjoyed doing it.

"I put a picture of it on Instagram and suddenly I had people messaging me and it took off from there and has been non-stop ever since."

Jordan is working on perfecting his technique and finding his own unique style. As part of this, he experimented with different styles to create a series of canvas paintings of famous brand logos.

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Jordan Breen and his artwork

Jordan Breen and his artwork

Jordan Breen and his artwork

As a result he has now been commissioned to paint logos for a manufacturing company in England and two clothing companies.

He says: "The logo paintings were a bit of fun and allowed me to experiment with texture and a looser style of painting and bright colours."

As well as family portraits, he has been commissioned to paint pets and more recently a lorry driver's truck. He also created a pink ribbon canvas to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month in October and auctioned it for £100 which he donated to Cancer Research UK.

n You can follow Jordan on Facebook at Jordan Breen Art and Instagram @jordanbreen_art

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Conor McGregor piece by Jordan Breen

Conor McGregor piece by Jordan Breen

Conor McGregor piece by Jordan Breen

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