Photo of the day – Ian Paisley, Icon?

You may have seen various posters of Ian Paisley appearing in the Cathedral Quarter Belfast, Corporation St car parks Belfast, the Holylands Belfast, Ballycastle, Antrim and even London.

They are by a local artist TLO. I asked him for some background to the work, this is his reply:

I am an artist and the Doctored Paisley posters are from a series I made in response to the visual legacy of the Troubles and the cult of Paisley in particular. I wanted to present him in a new cultural context and to play with his brand image. I adapted an election poster from the 1980s and flyposted it in London and Northern Ireland throughout 2014 (before and after Paisley’s death). The work is based on a companion reliquary which can be seen here – – and is designed to prompt a dialogue about authenticity, devotion and loyalty. Prints and limited editions are available at

What do you think of the posters? An interesting pop art take on a political icon, or too soon after the death of a family man? Let us know your thoughts.

The London posters, photos by the artist:
IMG_5093 IMG_5113 IMG_5142 IMG_5148 IMG_5200 IMG_5208 IMG_5209 IMG_5211 DSC_0017 DSC_0032

The Belfast posters, photos by Alan Meban


Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.