This beautifully illustrated memoir by Pete Hogan is the follow-up to his highly acclaimed The Log of the Molly B. After the adventures of building his own boat and sailing it from Canada down the west coast of the US, through the Panama Canal and across the Atlantic to Ireland, Pete decided to settle down and dedicate his life to his art in the remote surroundings of Achillbeg Island, just south of Achill, County Mayo.
A very different kind of adventure ensued. As the only inhabitant on the island, Pete had to use all his resources to survive the kind of harsh winter experienced in the west of Ireland, while all the time concentrating on his art.
With a touch of Robinson Crusoe, Pete describes in detail what it’s like – physically and mentally – to fend for oneself in a stunningly beautiful, but extremely isolated, environment. With over one hundred full colour plates, The Artist on the Island is a remarkable record of one man’s attempt to forgo modern-day conveniences and social conventions in order to focus on what is truly important.