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Adrian + Shane Interview 7 December 2012

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Adrian + Shane have been churning out pop art since 1998. IrishStreetArt.com caught up with the Drogheda couple to find out a little more about the Adrian + Shane brand.

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When did you two start making art together?

It started soon after we met each other. We got very drunk one night in Glasgow and started messing around in a sketch pad. We did ten pieces that night and have been collaborating since then.

When creating a piece what does each party bring to the table?

The process of making varies all the time, depending on the project. When we originally started making art together, we would take turns working on a canvas, and keep swapping it back and fourth until it looked finished. We didn’t know what we would end up with. Nowadays pieces are planned out and we rely on each others strengths towards creating a piece, especially if we are under pressure.

Fans of Irish Street Art will no doubt be familiar with your Iconic stenciled work have you a favorite piece?

We love our ‘March‘ image. It’s the image that people would associate with us most. The image was created during a ‘self-portrait’ photo shoot we did for a magazine a few years ago. It’s been manipulated countless times. It’s been the subject of many of our paintings and prints. And it’s the main image we’ve used on the streets, in paste up and sticker form. People regularly send us photos they’ve taken of it on the streets world wide. We love that they recognise it when they come across it even though there’s no text attached saying that it’s Adrian + Shane.

Adrian and Shane Street Art

How does the title ‘Ireland’s Gilbert and George‘ sit with you?

We’re really flattered. They are really successful and respected artists. Being compared to someone like that is a great compliment, we really like their work. Our work isn’t similar. We use different techniques. And create a very different product. They are two men who use themselves in their artwork and so are we, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. We don’t plan to use piss and shit in our work anytime soon.

What was your personal highlight of 2012 and what can we look forward to from A + S in 2013?

We moved to London for a few months in the Spring to get some inspiration for new work. It was a really exciting time. Spending everyday exploring the city, visiting galleries and museums, meeting other creative heads, taking bucket loads of photos. Just really soaking up everything London has to offer. We made lots of new friends and connections.

Earlier in the year we did a range of T-shirts based on our stencils and they were a massive success. We sold so many all over the world, it was great to have such exposure and interest. We are currently planning several Adrian + Shane exhibitions for next year. We’ve been approached by gallery owners in London and New York. We’d also like to do a Dublin show. Watch this space.

Adrian and Shane Street Art

If anyone is interested in getting their hands on Adrian + Shane’s art, there are small canvases, prints and sticker packs available in their online store: adrianandshane.bigcartel.com To keep up to date follow A+S on Facebook,A+S on Twitter or Instagram: AdrianAndShane.

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Olde Norse – Conor Harrington 13 November 2012

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Conor Harrington in Norway Street Art Video


‘Olde Norse’
sees London based Irish artist, Conor Harrington‘s visit to the far reaches of Norway this Summer. The video is the third collaboration between Harrington and cinematographer Andrew Telling. ‘I think this is by far our best film.’ Harrington explains ‘Pared back and super minimal [Telling] really captured the atmosphere of one of the most Northerly and isolated parts of Europe. This is one for the headphones, the music is composed and performed by both Andrew and Lucinda Chua. Watch the film for the music alone, I guarentee it’s worth it.’

For more on Conor Harrington‘s Nordic journey visit ConorSaysBoom!

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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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20 Years of TDA Klann 20 March 2011

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Ireland’s longest running graffiti crew, the TDA Klann (The Dark Angel’s) have come along way since their humble beginnings back in 1991. Since then they have become one of the most established of crews on the international stage. To celebrate twenty years in existence founding members hooked up with current members in London. Below are photos of the St. Patrick’s Day gig.
For a more visit Montana-cans.com.

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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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New Venu for Secret Wars! 26 August 2010

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Dublin are through to the Quarter Finals of the first ever Secret Wars Euro League! The biggest Secret Wars Euro League battle ever to take place on these shores will commence this Saturday at 8pm. Due to the the noise levels generated from the previous crazy atmostphere this bout will take place in Mill Street Studios, Dublin. ‘Its been a long road with wins and losses, but now its make or break time if we want to advance to the semi! Up next are our old rivals and original hard hitters, Team London‘.

Dublin are 2:1 down from the away leg so they’ll need all the support they need for this potentially historic occasion. IrishStreetArt.com were informed that this event is a ‘BYOB’ Battle! There will be no bar, but there is an off-licence only two minutes round the corner, so make sure you come fully stocked!

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Conor Harrington on Babelgum 6 January 2010

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Cork artist, Conor Harrington speaks to Babelgum about painting with an audience as he posts a 17th century sentry on the streets of Covent Garden, London.

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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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Banksy? 15 June 2009

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The video below gives us a glimpse into Banksy’s recent exhibition in Bristol. These days Banksy is controversial for more than just his awe inspiring work. When we approached one local for directions when touring through Southbank in search of a few Banksys a while back, we were asked “Why would you bother look now, isn’t Banksy just another sell-out?” A bit despondent by the reaction of the Londoner’s lack of enthusiasm for one of our heroes we wandered through a tunnel under the Queen Elizabeth Hall that once was home to a banksy piece. Frustratingly, the piece had since been painted over but we wouldn’t be let down by the rest of the street art on show. You couldn’t but marvel at the crazy collection of ideas, styles and themes from writers from all over the globe.

Many feel that Banksy no longer sits comfortably with his peers in the underground street art movement. Seeing his books being sold in high street chains can be a bit unsettling. Saying that, his growth in stature has brought the guerrilla art movement into the public spotlight and that can only be a good thing. One thing is for certain, Banksy isn’t the only artist in the world pushing boundaries at the moment.

For more streetart from Bristol, you have to check out the brilliant Bristol Street Art Project. For more on the Banksy debate Twitter Banksy Here.

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