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Shutter Scape – Culture Night Belfast 16 October 2012

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danleo - Culture Night, Belfast

Culture night 2012 proved to be a massive success this year and nowhere more so than on the streets of Belfast. The video below shows Shutter Scape, a street art event which took place on Belfast‘s lower North Street as a part of Culture Night. The project aimed to revamp areas of the city centre that have been abandoned and left to decay by embracing Urban Art and Belfast‘s history for public art. Shutter Scape featured Friz, danleo, Dare (HCR), dlb, KVLR, NOTA, Praise (HCR), Solus, ThisMeansNothing, TMN Crew, Verz and Visual Waste. The video was produced and edited by Adam Ruddy, Andrew Burns and Christina Maher.

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danleo – Update from Vancouver 28 June 2012

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Since his last show at KT Contemporary in Dublin, danleo have spent most of the year in Canada painting walls and taking part in small shows, while also occasionally drifting south into the states. IrishStreetArt.com cought up with danleo to find out how everything is going acorss the pond.

‘I went on a massive road trip recently with some seriously great artists all the way from Detroit to Austin TX for the infamous South By Southwest Festival where we completed a large mural for Chevrolet, took part in a few secret walls comps as well as stopping of in many places along the way to meet artists and paint some walls.

danleo is now concentrating on a show in Vancouver. ‘It’s with two Canadian artists that I am so excited to work with as well as learning the toy making process. Soon I will be dropping some nice 3d work that will be available on from the shop on my site. When that is all done I will be making my way back to Ireland and the UK to hopefully get some big overdue projects done…’

For more visit danleodesign.com or danleo on facebook.

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danleo 14 April 2012

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danleo was born in London in 1984 and returned to Ireland in the early 1990s where he studied Animation and Graphic Design at the Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. Using spray paint on canvas but applying it with a paintbrush, danleo has a unique and audacious graphic style, with a visual language all his own. It’s born out of a steady consumption of obscure cultures, music and street level art movements. Inspiration for his work often comes from nature, animals and mythology and he creates wild, visceral worlds that he populates with colourful low lives, omnipresent deities, and animal idols.

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Most of danleo‘s recent work has been centred on the idea of harmony between species and ancient beliefs. “I take a lot of influence from foreign cultures and ideas that may no longer be in practise. Flora and fauna feature heavily in my work but are often painted with a contrasting dark twist. In terms of technique I try to produce pieces that are clean, bold and colourful. The aim is to create work that looks as if it was made using vector software but have actually been painted by hand.”

danleo draws reference from a wide range of sources, though he owes much of his inherent aesthetic to the cartoons and comic books of his childhood. He builds back-stories to all of his works, researching ideas and deconstructing subjects, paring them down until the final piece becomes an ambiguous personal interpretation, leaving only subtle hints in the titles.

danleo’s work straddles graffiti culture, pop art and graphic illustration andRandom Specific presents a significant and confident first step in a distinctive stylistic exploration. For more visit danleodesign.com or danleo on facebook.

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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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Random Specific – Danleo 28 April 2011

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Danleo – Dublin Ink & Surrounded 4 April 2011

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Here are two videos by Kilkenny’s Paul Mahon capturing the work of Danleo.

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EU Street Art Exhibition – Dublin 4 November 2010

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‘EU Street Art’ brings together a group of leading Irish artists working in the field of graffiti and stencil art and runs from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday from 1st to 12th November 2010. The artists were asked to produce two panels each illustrating their personal view of Europe today.

Taking place at European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, the Exhibition is a collection of graffiti and stencil art including work by the hugely talented Jor (art above) and other established names featured on IrishStreetArt.com such as ADW, Danleo, and Will St Leger.

Commissioned by the European Commission
Representation in Ireland and curated by Fiona Mulholland.

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Go Team Dublin! 11 February 2010

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Secret Wars: Euro League

Secret Wars Euro League, Dublin v’s Copenhagen, is taking place in The Bernard Shaw on firday the 5th of March at 8pm. The Irish team include Danleo, Mick Minogue, Cisto, Redmonk and Grim. Dublin has been drawn in group 3 with Barcelona, Southampton, Copenhagen and Paris. Each Graffiti battle takes place home and away, it’s a tough group so they’ll really need the support in Dublin. For more info visit Secret Wars Dublin.

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Secret Wars Needs You! 6 December 2009

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Danleo, of Secret Wars fame, is calling out for ‘quality artists to travel Europe battling for Ireland 17TH DEC TWISTED PEPPER!’ in Dublin at 9pm. Click here for more information.

Below is footage from the latest event in Dublin at Offset edited by the great Paul Mahon.

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An Accomplished Young Artist for 2009 25 August 2009

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Irishstreetart.com brings you the accomplished, Danleo, a talented young artist, who came to promise at an early age when he found his passion in art.

Considering himself more of a cartoonist than a painter, his stated aim is to create light hearted paintings that are fun but have sickly undertones. His technique is to achieve the same clean lines as illustrations created on computer programmes.

“I need those thick black lines. As a kid I used to spend ages trying to get the same effect with a black biro”.

Born in London in 1984, Danleo moved to Ireland in his youth and later studied animation and graphic design for two years at I.A.D.T. Dublin. After leaving college he began to lean towards creating dynamic stills on canvas and walls, and has spent the last few years building up an impressive portfolio with a wide array of work from illustrations to Graffiti based pieces.

Not content with sticking to one medium, Danleo constantly looks for more challenging ways to express his work and to inspire those who get a kick out of his weird creations.

Working mainly with spray paint and a variety of inks, Danleo‘s work is colourful, bold and often slightly crude, with inspiration coming from the somewhat warped cartoons such as Ren and Stimpy of the early nineties.

Over the last few years he has been commissioned to create numerous works for clients and has painted large wall pieces for various bars & clubs including The South William, Twisted Pepper, and The Bernard Shaw Dublin.

To date Danleo’s work has been featured on the international Graff Blog FATCAP (read interview here) and in NewWebPick book Eccentric Design, Tokyo. He is currently busy working on his own exhibition which will feature his new line of work and will also embark on a trip to NYC and Toronto with a few projects. Keep an eye out.

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Dublin v London 27 July 2009

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The first graffiti Secret Wars in Ireland was held in the Bernard Shaw on 25/7/09 and saw a 3 on 3 battle between Dublin and London over 90 mins black markers on white board representing Dublin , Danleo , “Rupert” and Omin all the way from London was Mr. Gauky, Kodaz and Reeps who also supplyed beatbox and is current UK beatbox champion for more info on <a href="Secret Wars check out secretwars.co.uk

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Danleo interview with Fatcap.com 24 July 2009

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From our friends at Fatcap.com

“Hey Party people, The Fatcap team went to Ireland last month. Thanks to Grany Flow :) we met a street artist, Danleo. The guy created nice pieces in the Dublin streets, so here’s for you some pictures of his work, a little article about him and of course the FatCap Interview!

Enjoy the Danleo’s style, and don’t forget to check his site : Danleodesign

Danleo was born in London in 1984.
He studied animation for two years at I.A.D.T. Dublin. After leaving college in 06 he began to move away from animation and lean toward creating dynamic stills on canvas and walls and has spent the last two years putting together a large collection of work.

Considering himself more of a cartoonist than a painter, his stated aim is to create light hearted paintings that are fun but have sickly undertones. In terms of technique to achieve the same clean lines as illustrations created on computer programmes.

“I need those thick black lines. As a kid I used to spend ages trying to get the same effect with a black biro”.

Working mainly with spray paint and a variety of inks, Danleo’s work is colourful, bold and often slightly crude, with inspiration coming from the slightly warped cartoons of the early nineties.

Over the last few years he has been commissioned to create numerous works for clients and has painted large wall pieces for bars and clubs including The South William, The Bernard Shaw and the Twisted Pepper Dublin.
FC: Where are you from Danleo? Tell us about your beginnings and your discovery of graffiti.
I was born in a dodgy part of London so moved to Ireland at a reasonably early age,
in terms of discovering graff it wasn’t until I became aware of my local paint shop that I started to use
colour. Before that I only used black and white, I found using acrylics to messy and never got the look I wanted.

FC: What was your interest in art and what led you to create all those things?
Its the only thing I’m any good at! School was boring so i spent all my time drawing stuff.
It just led from there.

FC: Tell us about the graffiti scene from your town.
I live in Dublin. Its good, the scene is small but growing. Ireland is a bit behind the rest of Europe but it will catch up soon. More events and jams are springing up all the time, its exciting to be a part of it.

FC: How would you define your work and what inspires you?
That’s a hard one, I don’t think I can. I don’t write, I’m more into characters. I like doing silly things really, Its all pretty light hearted.Cartoons from the early nineties are one of my biggest inspirations. Stuff like Ren and Stimpy………best cartoon ever made! Other than that inspiration comes from anywhere, music, people, written words, places…..anything.

FC: How did your style evolve?
I go through phases. I’ll do a line of work that’s similar and then get bored and push it somewhere a little bit different.
I think its the same for anyone. If you do the same kind of thing over and over its bound to get played out.
You have to keep yourself happy. That’s the most important thing I think.

FC: What’s your taste in movies and books?
I don’t read as much as I used to. I always mean to get a book for when the weather gets good but I get preoccupied.
Horror books are the best. The mind can be a scarier place than what any film can show you!
As for films you cant beat animations the stuff they are doing these days blows me away.

FC: Do you read comics?
Nah, I look through my friends and scan all the pictures but that’s about it. Although the old black and white Judge Dread books are sick.

Name an artist (or many) whose work you respect and admire.
There are a few, people like Tenga from Tokyo and Logan from Spain.(serious skill) Artists who use alot of characters inspire me the most. There are so many excellent artists around the list could go on and on.

FC: If your style was a music band or a song? Which one would it be?
I would have to say for the most part hip hop/funk. That’s what I listen to most of the time whilst I paint.
but I listen to all sorts when the mood strikes me. There are so many good types of music you CANT just listen to one.

FC: Your Characters are funky fresh… how do you create it? And how do you choose the colours?
Sketching in books at first. Just drawing something stupid and then working on it a bit.
When I think about colours for the most part I don’t want to over complicate things so I only use a few but that all depends on what and where it is,. As well as that you get a real bold effect if you don’t use too many.

FC: How do you organize your paintings? Do you do sketches before? Do you have any “gestures”, characteristics or paint habits?
Yeah, Sketches are needed. Most of the time if I don’t sketch stuff out first it comes out looking a bit shit…or at least not as good as it could have been. I like to incorporate animals into my work. Like a little friend to the main character. I love that idea, animals are way cooler than people. Also I like to put hats on stuff,…. I don’t know why!

FC: Do you feel the work you are doing is something that should be preserved or just stay ephemeral?
A bit of both as long as one person sees it then that’s OK.

FC : What’s the characteristic of a Danleo’s piece?
I guess heavy black lines, bold colours and a pinch of weird.

FC: What kind of reaction do you want your art to evoke?
Smiles. If people laugh or get a kick out of it then that’s great .Also if people are like WTF is that?! then that’s even better. Not too long ago I had a small show in a small town and a bunch of grannies came in and were horrified and disgusted, They were all blessing themselves as they left!………….that made my day.

FC : How’s the collaboration with other artists going?
Good! I have only started to do work with other artists recently and it has worked out real well. Not much planning either. Its good to work with others, keeps you moving forward and helps push you to be better.

FC: In which way do you want your art to evolve?
More detail in my illustration, I need to learn more can techniques, Id like to get faster without rushing, go bigger.
There is so much for me still to learn. I just want to get better all the time.

FC: I know that you don’t limit your art to graffiti and its “rules”… Don’t you think sometimes graffiti can be a jail for creation?
Em….No I wouldn’t go that far, I don’t think there is a limit to what can be done with a can these days.
But as a relative newcomer to using cans in my art I do see there are certain rules that I don’t really care about.
I use anything that I have at my disposal ..pens, cans, acrylics. It does not matter to me as long as I’m happy with the result. Sometimes people put you in a bracket and expect certain techniques from you. I think all that will change as the scene grows.

FC: Do you practice other forms of art? (graphism, canvas paintings, sculpture ?)
Oh yes. I’ve studied animation and graphic design. Anything creative is fun. It all depends on the day!

FC: How do you see street-art in 10 years?
Hopefully it will grow and grow and keep evolving. There is so much mental stuff going on around the world right now that in ten years the possibilities are endless! As long as its all still fun and not taken too seriously. I cant wait.

FC : Your favorite colour ?
Don’t want to come across as morbid but it has to be black. closely followed by sky blue.

FC : I notice that you create a lot of canvas, do you do commissioned pieces?
Yeah I do. Most of my work is on canvas, Its peaceful and personal that way. Commissions are just an inevitable bonus.

FC: What’s coming up in the next few months? Show etc…
I plan on bringing a few events to Dublin so I’m busy with that and then I need to start doing a new line of canvas’s for a new show. I cant wait to paint, turn up the music and enjoy the sun………perfect.

FC: What’s your real goal?
Just to keep doing what I’m doing and see where it takes me.

FC: Any words of wisdom?
If you have a passion for something GO FOR IT !!!!!!!! and don’t let anyone try to stop you.

Thank you Danleo!

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