On a rainy weekend in late August 2015, Waterford City became an open air gallery when 25 derelict sites became canvases for international and national street artist. I was very happy to be invited to take part in this festival and work along side some amazing artists such as James Earley, Joe Caslin, Art by Eoin, DMC, Louis Masai and so many more. The festival was a fantastic sucess and more information about it can be found here or on their facebook page
'Love the Lanes' is a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Temple Bar Company to bring new life to the back lanes of Temple Bar. Their aim is to reactivate these lanes for people to use and enjoy.
I was honoured to be selected to design and create part of Crampton Court Lane, just at the side entrance of the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.
My idea was to create a street art piece called 'Lover's Lane'.
The lane is made up of combination of handmade decorated tiles and also stencilled spray painted sections. Various tiles contain quotes about love from the people of Dublin, music and poetry.
Every city needs a place to celebrate and represent love. Paris has the Eiffle Tower, city bridges are being consumed by locks of love etc, and I felt it was time Dublin got to represent our love and bring some love back to Temple Bar.
Facebook Artist in Residence
In late September 2015, Facebook kindly invited me to be an Artist in Residence in Facebook’s international headquarters, Dublin.
On a 12 meter long wall, I created a playful and colorful deconstructed collage of shapes, forms, and lines using spray paint, marker and collage papers. I call it the 'Big Bang'.
Further information about the wonderful Facebook Artist in Residence programme can be found here
Bloom Fringe Festival
Bloom Fringe festival is an edgier more energetic cousin of Bloom and takes part every June Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. Think urban gardening, installation, workshops and talks.
In May 2015, I was delighted to work with Bloom Fringe in creating a street art piece that would incorporate gardens and floral design. Therefore on 3 large planks of pkywood I created a painting of my idol Frida Kahlo along with her beautiful qoute 'I paint Flowers so they do not die'. This piece was presented on Georges Street in Dublin during the festival. The dream is to incorporate and plant actual flowers in her hair.
In July 2016, I really enjoyed printing up a storm in Damn Fine Print Dublin, the facilities and staff are amazing. These limited edition 'In Bloom' prints will be exhibited this year at Waterford Walls 2016.
Urban Outfitters Dublin
In September 2014, I had the pleasure of painting a large mural on the third floor wall and windows of Urban Outfitters store in Dublin's Temple Bar. The piece incorporates a collage of layered stencil work and geometric papers. I really enjoyed working on such a large space.
I was very honoured to design and create a piggy for the amazing Jack and Jill Children's Foundation. In early 2015, 100 specially designed pigs created by many different Irish artists will go on PARADE for the country's largest ever 'Pig Art Display' which will culminate with a charity auction. To keep up to date on the parade and auction, please go to : https://www.facebook.com/pigsparade
My inspiration for my Paper Patterned Piggy: As a stencil artist I am constantly cutting designs out of papers and cards. The stencils go on to create beautiful wall murals.However, the paper left behind can also has its place in the world of art. I found I could recycle my scraps into interesting patterned designs. These scraps now make up my colourful Paper Patterned Piggy.
Rain Rain Go Away
In March 2013, I became a member of the fantastic Dublin art group Evolve Urban Art (http://evolveurbanart.com/). The first outdoor area I was given was a shop front on Camden Street. It took me three weeks to try and get out to paint as it kept bloody raining...so the Iovely Irish weather inspired me to paint 'Rain Rain Go Away'
Duck Wall Hangings
Inspired by the 1970's retro duck wall hangings found in many Irish living rooms, I designed and created and updated version of these ducks using a 3D printer. I then decorated them with patterned papers, spray paint and acrylics.
Stacey Covell is an amazing lady and writer. I am very proud to be part of her exhibition Conversations Reconstructed which takes place in The Culture Box in Temple Bar from the 4th to the 19th of April.
This exhibition combines painting ,illustrations, sculpture and prints to visually represent poetry reconstructed.
For the expo I painted the Bernard Shaw and also produced 3 screen prints in Blackchurch Print Studios Temple Bar.
The poems Stacey asked me to visually represent were 'No Man is an Island' by John Donne reconstructed by Stacey to 'Adrift'.
The following lines from the two poems spoke to me when I first read them..
'No man is an island, entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent' (taken from No Man is an Island) and 'The island of a man is never well, and I am of a piece, for every man's involved. (taken from Adrift)
My interpretation of these phrases, is that no man is made up of one single entity. Instead we are made up of numerous pieces, personality traits, talents, histories, dreams and interests. Together all these pieces combined make us who we are.
Therefore I wanted to create art works that represented the 'pieces' that make up man. So I created three screen prints in Blackchurch Print Studio in Dublin. Each print has unique pieces and colours, and each print represents the poem 'No Man is an Island' reconstructed three different ways.
I hope the people of Thomas Street enjoy the 'New Kid on the Block', as much as I did painting it.
Robot Box and Etchings
In early 2012, I did an etching print course in the Graphic Studio Dublin. Here I printed robots (as my nephew has a bit of an obsession!).
I then took the robot to the streets with Dublin City Beta projects in June , and painted one on a traffic light box right outside Bolton Street DIT college. Check out Dublin beta projects here : http://dubcitybeta.wordpress.com/