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Conor Harrington Back in Ireland 28 June 2011

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Conor Harrington is one of the most ambitious and open artists to emerge from Ireland in recent years, with a deep respect for urban street and art culture. The good news is that he is back in Ireland and has already been painting in the capital last weekend. The great people at ANewSpace covered Conor Harrington‘s beautiful painting in Temple Bar in Dublin city centre and by all accounts it was an incredible spectical. Read more here »

The renowned street artist will also be taking part in the Ennis Street Festival, painting another original piece on the Glór building this coming Friday, July 1st.

Conor is originally from Cork, but is currently based in London. His work is an incredibly successful collusion between ‘fine’ art and ‘street’ techniques. According to Conor himself, central to his oil canvasses is “the male figure, referring to the masculinity of urban culture”. The men in Conor‘s paintings allude to the not necessarily heroic, but stoic and pensive male of the modernist painters; however the pieces are plastered with post-modern graffito flourishes in a pertinent clash of styles – “I’m interested in the dynamics between opposing elements” says the artist. Whilst both the male figures and abstract elements of the work are, with out doubt, contemporary, the emotions they transmit are timeless, if currently under-rated – dignity, courage and a quiet sense of duty to oneself and those around us. At a time when men are accused of being somehow redundant within society Conor‘s work is an intelligent and modest reminder of their positive emotional contribution. It also shows that graff doesn’t have to shock – or be soppy – to have substance.

The Clare Youth Service Music Project will be providing a musical backdrop to Conor‘s painting on the day, showcasing some of the young talent amongst the local DJs, producers and rappers in the Clare area. There will also be a breakdancing showcase by Cork based crew The Rhythm Rebels, hosts of the recent Livestylez festival. The Rhythm Rebels are Munster’s most active breakdancing group, taking part in national and international showcases and competitions and acting as one of the main promoters of hiphop culture in Ireland. This event will take place outside the Glór building and will allow the audience to sample both the audio and visual experience of street culture being presented.

The evening’s entertainment is free and open to people of all ages, and in keeping with all CYS events, will be a drug and alcohol free environment.

The event will run from 4pm until 8pm outside Glór, Ennis.

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A Year of Twelvedoors 2 May 2010

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Karma’s ‘Dreams and Dedication are a Powerful Combination’ is the final piece in this year long exhibition from the country’s finest street artists. Since Noone Casey donated their office door to Twelvdoors.com to use, abuse, deface and delight IrishStreetArt.com has been covering the regular installations. The street art collection also comprised of work by John Bowes, Konk, Able, Fink, Canvaz, Jeff Aerosol, ADW, Maser, Will Saint Leger and Sums. Ranging from hard hitting protest pieces and satirical political observations to colourful easy to digest works of art, Dublin‘s Dame Street Location has now firmly set its mark in the story of Street Art in Ireland.

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More Graffiti from a Growing Limerick Scene 10 March 2010

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In the last year or so, Limerick‘s Dock Road has been completely transformed. The long, drab, grey road had become a grave yard for petrol stations and the Celtic tiger did little in the way of architectural enhancement. However, thanks to a group of committed Limerick based graffiti artists, the city now has a new focal point in the most unlikely of places. From it’s modest beginning, Limerick‘s beautiful graffiti spot now is decorated with the letters of Ireland’s leading graffiti writers. Long may it last!
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#11: Sums 9 March 2010

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Installment number 11 at ‘12 doors‘ comes from Sums. Sums, originally from Drogheda now residing in Dublin, has been actively part of the Graffiti scene since 1989 having played a major part in the growth of Graffiti here in Ireland.

He also been co-organizer with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ aka ‘The Bridge Jam‘ festival for the last 15 years, which is one if not the longest running graffiti festival in Europe if not the world. He has played a vital role in increasing awareness around the globe of the Irish Graffiti art scene.He has exhibited work in Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, New York and as far way as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide – Australia.

Today, Sums works for the leading post production facility in Dublin as a Flame Operator, composting special effects for commercials and film. He along side fellow artists run TDA KLANN, Ireland‘s longest running graffiti crew. TDA KLANN have been pioneers in producing some of the largest scale outdoor murals ever seen in Ireland. This year alone has seen Sums travel to Melbourne, Copenhagen, Scotland, New York in a bid to promote Irish graffiti and TDA KLANN.

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Raw Galway 6 March 2010

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Galway recently played hoast to Baqs R and Crap’s fantastic graffiti exhibition in the Spanish Arch museum, but that wasn’t the only street art on show in ‘The City of the Tribes’ in February. Below is a collection of photos from around Galway, sent into IrishStreetArt.com that weekend.

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Under The Influence ’til Paddy’s Day 4 March 2010

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Under The Influence is exciting group exhibition bringing established and emerging visual artists together to support Gay Community News.20 artists, illustrators and photographers have been selected to produce a piece of work that demonstrates their biggest influence. The exhibition, which opens at The Front Lounge in Dublin on Friday 5th March is curatored by Will St Leger to support the GCN Forever campaign.

For a ful list of artists and contributers visit WillSaint.com

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Colourful Winter in Limerick 19 February 2010

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Mark of Hooked Blog shared with us photos he took this winter of colourfully tagged Limerick. Hooked Blog started in 2005 as a place to share our love of Street Art, Art, Stencils, Grafitti, Tags, Photography, Design, Typography, Screen Printing, Illustration, Exhibitions, Toys, Trainers, Music, Zines and everything and anything in between! Definately worth a goo!

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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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Originals at the Twisted Pepper 28 January 2010

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Originals, the exhibition shows the work of two Irish artists, Morgan & Eimear-Jean McCormack and is produced and curated by Natalie Winterlich & Shane O’ Donoghue. The art exhibition will take place at The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St., Dublin 2 from the 30th January (opening party at 9pm) to the 28th February. Originals is a chance to see some super graphic art to kill off those January blues!

Morgan is one of Irelands most innovative artists, based in Dublin. His distinctive form of art is inspired by his everyday environment and the people he meets along the way, as well as being influenced by the escapism of film, his work is primarily in acrylic on canvas, although he also creates digital prints mixing traditional photography techniques with illustrations as well as mixed media works combining digital prints on canvas. Morgan has recently had a selection of his work touring the US. Expect a clean graffiti influenced style with stories running through the pieces.

Eimear-Jean McCormack is from Cork and is a printmaker. She manages to create urban and atmospheric scenes using lines and colour very sparingly, the end result being quite simple throughout. She holds an MA in Fine Art Printmaking from The University of The Arts, London. She has exhibited widely in Ireland as well as New York, London, France and China.

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All Out Design Gallery Opening, Limerick 25 January 2010

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By all accounts the opening, last thursday, of the All Out Design Gallery went extremely well with over 300 people attending with a full DJ set by Mark and Roland from LIT Dj society.

The former O’Sullivan’s Shoes premises has been transformed into a new creative venue in the heart of Limerick city. The space plays host to a graphic design studio, a gallery and graffiti classes, which will commence on the 31st of January. All Out Design are also available to produce commissioned work and murals.

The next event will be an open submission show entitled ‘Time To Get Up’ it will open 25th February. Submissions will cost €3 and submission closing date is 20th February. To submit work email alloutdesign@gmail.com

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Twelve Doors by Maser & Damien Dempsey 25 January 2010

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The final Twelve Doors instalation of 2009 ‘Love Yourself Today’ came from Dubliners, Maser and Damien Dempsey and is described as ‘for the people of Dublin, about Dublin, in Dublin.’

‘The majority of street art only addresses the ‘headline issues’, depicting the negative aspects about our society and governments. I want to address some of these issues but communicate them in a positive manner.’ This piece is the 2nd of 24 that will be painted in Dublin over the next few months. All pieces will be on-line in the New Year on Damien Dempsey’s site. The visual inspiration for this project comes from the old hand painted sign writing in Dublin City, the sort you can still see on sides of pubs, chemists, hardware stores etc.

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Maser: Irish Graffiti since 1996 10 January 2010

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Here is a collection of graffiti Maser has shared with IrishStreetArt.com dating as far back as his earliest work in 1996. For more recent street art by the Dubliner make sure you check out Maser’s site.

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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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Just Writing My Name – Limerick 6 December 2009

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Fudos brings us footage of the autumn Shannonside gathering, ‘Just Writing My Name‘.

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November Street Art at 12 doors 27 November 2009

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On “Progress” ADW told twlevedoors.com, ‘My initial idea was to turn the door into something that looked out of place in the City Centre. Our Minister for Health, Mary Harney TD dressed in peasant garb looking very bored reflecting our current economic climate. ‘Progress’ written in the cobweb (a favoured political word) is to contrast the whole theme.’

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