He is a man with a great sense of humour which emerges in his work through fantasy landscapes and wonderfully whimsical illustrations which catch your imagination almost unawares and pulls you into a twilight west of Ireland world, where half real and half imagined events are played out against dramatic skies. His poster images have created such a flavour for Galway with its fun-city atmosphere that their longevity adorning pubs, cafes, shops and living room walls for many years is a testament to his popularity.
He is a co-founder of the Galway Arts Festival and has been involved in its creative vision, identity and brand image as a premier Irish arts event for 30 years.
He is also a world traveller, having been around the globe three times, and he worked for six years on the road with the amazing Footsbarn Theatre, now based in France.
Many of Ted's classic poster images were made for the Galway Arts Festival and Footsbarn Theatre through the eighties and nineties. Many of these are now collector's items.
Ted has been involved with the arts in Ireland since he arrived from England in 1973 and has been at the forefront of many ventures, including In Dublin Magazine (co founder & designer); the early years of Druid Theatre (designer and graphic artist); programming arts festivals in both Galway and Cork (artistic director: Galway Arts Festival 1996 - 99, and Cork Midsummer Festival 2000 - 02).
Since 2004 he has run the Black Cat Gallery in Galway with Janet Vinnell where they both sell their own paintings. He can be found working there as artist-in-residence three days a week.