Simon Behan

Protest and Daydreaming

Art has had its fair share of rebellious movements, characters and protests. NCAD has been no different. Being fascinated by the chaotic decade of the 1960s led me to just simply connect dots. The decade presented many challenging ideas and shifts in culture. On one hand there was a sense of anger, violence, destruction of trust and tragedy. The brighter side showed a growing resistance to war, racism, sexism as well as a sense of community and free love at times. My work has been analysing both sides and their ideas while simultaneously attempting to honour the College’s former history of protest. Using artists from the college as models/ characters was of course an important detail to keep on connecting certain ideas. “And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail”- Hunter S. Thompson.


1- "We Rob Banks"


2- "Hey, are you cool man?"


3- "The Flower Children"


4- "What will we drink to? To Good Health!"


5- "Grunt Power"


6- "Moesy in: NCA Bloke Part 6"


7- "Moesy in: NCA Bloke Part 5"