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Conor Harrington – Black Herds Of The Rain 13 February 2012

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Conor Harrington in Ennis

Black Herds of The Rain is a film documenting Conor Harrington‘s trip home to Ireland in the summer of 2011 to paint 3 walls. The journey and subsequent paintings are inspired by Austin Clarke’s poem The Lost Heifer.

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Le Cool Dublin – by danleo 29 September 2011

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Danleo Graffiti Video Still

Filmed and edited by Albert Hooi, this really nice piece of footage brings us danleo as he paints for the cover of the 111th issue of ‘Le Cool – Dublin‘. See more from Albert Hooi on Vimeo.

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DMC 31 August 2011

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DMC - St Andrews Lane

Fresh from painting in Dublin, Belfast street artist Dermot McConaghy told IrishStreetArt.com “I painted Her Redundant Heart for the Roadworks theme of ‘Terrible Beauty’ (Art, Crisis, Change & the Office of Non-Compliance).” Roadworks has been curated by ANEWSPACE and Dublin Contemporary and is currently taking place Dublin.

“I am currently painting a series of ‘MissedCall Girls’. This is an ongoing series of heartbroken females who are downcast by the unfortunate unanswered call. Heartbroken from a call that may have changed things, a call that meant so much, a call that was missed.”

The work above,’Her Redundant Heart’ for ‘Roadworks’, was taken on St Andrews Lane, Dublin. Below is a collection of some of DMC‘s work to date.

For more visit manchini.co.uk


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Solus 13 May 2011

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Dublin based street artist, Solus, has recieved notoriety, not only for his work in Ireland, but also in London, Bristol, Spain, New York and Amsterdam.

At the moment Solus is preparing to paint at ‘Upfest’ in Bristol this June. ‘I also plan to paint a lot in Dublin and where ever else I go… Im always trying to come up with new ideas’s and trying to improve my technique. I’m currently working on tonnes of new stuff, so you can expect to see lots of my work in the near future. Its exciting – im excited…’

Solus tells us his bio would go something like this: Enjoys painting, getting tattooed, old-time music, coffee, punk, South Korea, collecting art, hustling, loose lips sink ships, staring longingly into burning fires while weeping openly.

For more of the same visit Solus on Facebook


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Limerick’s Gritty Shoote 061 13 April 2011

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IrishStreetArt.com hooked up with Shoote 061, an artist who is really starting to make a mark on the Irish scene. The Limerick native told us the story of his journey to date.

‘I’ve always enjoyed art, reckon I came out of the womb holding a 6b pencil. Through out my younger years it was always a strong point. At about thirteen I started getting interested in street art, lured by the rattles and hiss of spray cans, I quickly got the bug and I’ve been infected ever since. When I first started painting there was no graff shop in Limerick, so acquiring paint meant ventures to the big smoke or make do with what I had. So household paints any kinda of paint really was used. Tagging was what I had a feel for at the beginning still today is what gets me buzzing the most. Eventually I had a l’il encounter with the ole 5-O l’il slap on the wrist really, they had my mother rang before I was even on the bus home. Thankfully this didn’t put too much of a stop to my plans thanks to fairly lenient parents who thought “Sure ya could have been doing a lot worse”. ‘

‘I was getting more serious about art around then and I decided to get a portfolio together and go for Art college. I was succesful, thankfully, and it has to be the best decision Ive made in my life. In college I started to run in to the people who got me interested in graff. Baqs and Gek” were the first tags I saw around Limerick. I’d never met them in person so when I did get the chance to meet them I was delighted!! Things really just unfolded from there… then ventures out at night, local jams, tagging like a mo fo, stickers, wheat paste and so on. The Limerick scene is going from strength to strength just after a great local jam on Paddy’s day organised by Cato and Mal went down really well.’

‘At the moment im focusing on how to bring my street art into my college work. I’m doing printmaking so really this discipline is fine tuned for street art really and there is endless possibilities with combining the two. Currently, me and two friends have started a collective producing work with the printing press, cans, markers, everything really and using the city as our gallery. There’s a visual infiltration occurring and hopefully we’ll get to show y’all some more work soon!!’

Shout out to everyone keeping the sráideanna alive!


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Maser – Homemade 12 April 2011

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Maser Street Art Video Still

Filmed and edited by Albert Hooi, here’s yet another wonderfully created video feauturing Maser and his ‘Homemade‘ adventure from his studio to the Streets of Dublin. See more from Albert Hooi on Vimeo.

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Ali-P 1 April 2011

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Ali-P is a visual artist from Lisburn. Graduating from Belfast Art College in 2006 with a degree in Design for Visual Communication, she has been working hard on various artistic projects ever since….

Her work tends to be bright, bold, colourful and very graphic. ‘I enjoy mixing spontaneous, organic elements with graphic and geometric patterns often inspired by nature. My subject matter ranges from graphic landscapes and strong females to crazy cartoon characters… My current work has a more conceptual approach and incorporates the belief that, as energy we are all connected – humans, animals, nature and the space in between….’

Ali-P told us ‘I like my work to create a positive ambience which transcends to the viewer’

‘I feel that there is enough negativity in the world so I find painting, drawing and creating positive imagery to be very therapeutic for myself, and hopefully others too.’

Ali-P‘s eclectic range of influences irange from other street artists to illustrive children’s books like Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men books, to artists such as Gustav Klimt, Escher, Dali as well as many design companies such as Rinzen and The Designers Republic.

For more of Ali-P‘s work visit Ali-P.com

ADW on Lá Fhéile Pádraig 16 March 2011

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ADW is celebrating this year’s St. Patricks Festival with this vibrant piece, ‘Napping On The Job’ on Andrews Lane in Dublin. Here is a collection of some of the stencil artist’s latest work.


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Wexford’s Up & Coming Tinkicker 4 March 2011

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Tinkicker has been actively painting since the first Cans Festival in 2008. ‘If it wasn’t for me old man I wouldn’t be painting today. He got me into graffiti and even helped me lay down me first street stencils’.

Tinkicker told us his major influences were Banksy and Eelus. In fact, the Wexford based artist was fortunate enough to meet Eelus when he was just starting off. ‘On my adventures to Bristol I also met some associates of the infamous Banksy and they shared their amazing stories of the Bristol legend’. Meeting these ‘top dogs’ pushed him to pursue the life of a professional vandal. ‘I realised how you could use graffiti as a weapon for the people, as a spokesman for the underdogs’.

‘I’ll always paint. I think you need something to keep you sane in this mad world but if my work makes someone laugh or smile or even cry then I’m doing my job right.’


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ADW – Step Up to The Plate 24 January 2011

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ADW was another Irish street artist who has had quite a successful year in 2010 with his first solo exhibition relieving rave reviews and his work featuring in a number of Irish publications. In this time-lapse footage ADW pieces together ‘Step up to the Plate’ in the ‘Good Food Gallery’, where the Dublin based artist held a mini solo exhibition in October 2010. To keep up to date with ADW in 2011 visit ADWart.com

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The Expansive Fink 17 January 2011

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2010 was a very busy year for Fink and the Dublin based artist tells us he is “looking forward to a more visually prosperous year ahead” Below is a pick of his work in the last year, for more of the same visit Fink on Flickr.

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Matthew Knight – Beautiful Monsters 13 January 2011

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Belfast‘s Matthew Knight, is starting to make a name for himself lately with shows in Amsterdam and Dublin. His work can be found on an array of surfaces from the streets to abandoned buildings. The Ballygowan native paints characters and designs filled with crazy amounts of detail and patterns.

Knight grew up in Pakistan and this had a huge impact on him, ‘I experienced one hell of a crazy and wonderful upbringing. The influence that country had on me has never diminished.’ He explains how the troubles also were a real eye opener when he returned to Belfast. ‘The first I learned of the Troubles or any religious background that I had was on the flight over 2 hours before my plane landed. I was so used to Eastern culture that Western culture has always felt quite alien to me. So I draw from all those experiences putting that into each and every character I create.’

‘I like my grey backgrounds as it reflects how dull the backgrounds can be compared to the characters in them where I concentrate all the colour. As my style developes you can expect alot more detail to come. Dots, patterns,collections,collage 2D and 3D elements will continue to feature more and more as I go.’

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Puzzle: Kieran Herlihy 14 December 2010

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Kieran Herlihy aka Puzzle is an Irish Fine Artist/ Illustrator. His work has been described as a disjointed biography. Taking inspiration from daily encounters as well as manipulated text from conversations and observations, he combines these with text and images acquired and inspired from various sources that fill his daily existence. Largely inspired by comic books, graphic novels, music and literature as well as both the significant and mundane moments of everyday life.

Puzzle’s work will be on display in ‘True Colours’, a group exhibition at the The Rag Factory, 16 Heneage Street (Off Brick Lane) in London this Thursday, December 16 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

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Anarkitty 4 November 2010

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IrishStreetArt.com is delighted to feature the incredibly attractive, feline inspired, characters by Anarkitty. For those of you who have not yet been enchanted by the style icons of Anarkitty here is a little background info. Anarkitty (Emma Geary) is a thirty-two year old artist hailing from Ballycarry, just outside Belfast, who graduated from The University of Ulster with a Ba Hons degree in Art and Design. The name Anarkitty was born during the six years she lived in London. Whilst in London she creating mostly digital based character illustrations with her work appearing in publications such as Creative Review, Computer Arts and DPI (Taiwan) magazine and also created works for the likes of MTV, BBC and Pictoplasma’.

It was only on her return home she started to move her characters onto canvas. ‘In 2008 The Frameworks Gallery Belfast gave me my first solo exhibition and it took off from there’. Anarkitty‘s influences and inspirations come from Pinup girls, manga, tattoo, graffiti and toy cultures. ‘In general things like, Eyes, Pinup Girls, Manga/Anime, Cartoons, Girls with Tattoos and of course cats. I have had many Artist that have inspired me, all at different times. When I was a kid I loved Allen Lee, Brian Fraud, Kay Neelson ect. When I was in London I was really inspired by allot of Graffiti artist – Banksy, The London Police, Flying Fortress, Dalek, I could go on. Miss Van and Faffis work really inspired me to start painting again. Currently I am into Lowbrow, Pop surrealist artists like Audrey Kawasaki, Stella im hamburg, Amy Sol and Jaw Cooper once again to name but a few’.

On her Artist Statement: ‘I paint more for self discovery than as a means of expression. Inspiration comes from an amalgam of perceptions, and feelings from fleeting moments in time that I find beautiful, fascinating and provocative. Unable to make any sense of them in my mind, I draw. These daydreams/fantasy’s I play out through my paintings in an environment in which I feel confident and free.’

A prevalent theme running through all of Anarkitty‘s pieces stems from her fascination with Cats! ‘Inspired by their idiosyncratic ways, my “Ladies” have the same arcane attitude encased in a provocative and curious beauty. I want them to be comfortable within their own bodies; know their own mind; to have no feeling of restraint from surrounding judgements. Like cats, they have their own complete and individual personality with which they have a total sense of ease.’

When speakin of her approach and technique, Anarkitty tells us ‘there is an inadvertent sort of dualism… My paintings possess a child like sweetness but with dark undertones. I use outlines that are strong and controlled whereas my blending technique is soft and light. My choice of colour, can change from bright and colourful to dark and moody. I currently use acrylic and graphite on wood which I am really enjoying at that at moment. I strive to avoid becoming too entrenched in my comfort zone as therein lies predictability. I need to keep evolving and although experimentation will bring me frustration and anxiety, it brings its own elation when successful.’


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Spherosphere – A video by Kevin McGloughlin 18 October 2010

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Speaking of his music video production, ‘Spherosphere’, Kevin McGloughlin told IrishStreetArt.com ‘The song and video speak of weighing options and making tough decisions.’ We think it’s Well worth a goo!

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