Photos from the Festival of Urban Arts in Sandyford, Dublin over the weekend. Artists from Ireland, Croatia, Denmark England and Australia took part including ADW, Beta, Crap, Dusto, Lovepusher, Lunar, Maser, Rask, Smug, Sofles, Solo, Soten, Sums, Psychonautes, Tiws and Tizer. Even Bono made an appearance. Photos from Demotix.com, a new space and various artist’s facebook pages.
New work from Irish Artist Conor Harrington. These 3 paintings were done in conjunction with the 13th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“In a way, I’ve always thought Belfast was the last place I could paint. They have such a strong tradition of sectarian murals depicting political and historical scenes from both an Irish Nationalist and British Loyalist agenda and although my work has vastly different intentions, my imagery could be perceived as being closer to 1 side of that political divide.”
Street Art with themes of revolution and social change from the prolific Valencia Artist ESCIF. ESCIF’s work focuses on many political and cultural issues including civil unrest, refugees, citizenship, education, intellectual property, Commercialisation and freedom of speech.
Watch the video below of the making of “Nice Time for a Revolution” that he did for the Insitu Festival in 2010. You can view loads more of his work on flickr or buy a book of ESCIF work, available through Artish.it.
“Harrington’s choice of materials—oil on canvas paired with spray paint—highlights the establishment and its downfall, a consistent theme from his previous work. His scenes so carefully constructed and beautifully rendered, Harrington thinks nothing of brandishing a can of bitumen black spray paint and vandalizing his own careful creation. The dialogue between graffiti and traditional fine art, abstraction and realism form the backbone of his continuing output.”
Conor’s solo exhibition includes 8 large scale paintings and 24 small studies. ‘Dead Meat’ runs until the 2nd of April 2012. Watch the video below by Andrew Telling, ‘Black Herds of The Rain’ it 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. Conor Harrington will be taking part in Offset in Dublin this weekend, he’ll be presenting his work on Sunday at 4pm.
New exhibition from Prefab77 entitled ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ at The Outsiders, Newcastle, England. They’ll be showing new work and techniques, including original art and a series of varied edition prints. Opening Friday 20th of January 2012 and runs until Saturday 18th of February 2012.
“They are pioneering a new technique employing oralite film, a substance used to coat road signs and police cars for example, using a ubiquitous urban material as a medium to reflect their fast, hard-edged, stripped down artwork. Oralite strongly reflects light, lending an arresting glow to the works in question. The ubiquitous but little-known element of the urban environment ideally suits Prefabʼs hard-edged, stripped-down art. The effect is both haunting and beautiful.” The Outsiders
Mosh scene paintings from Chicago born New York Based street artist, realist painter Dan Witz. Dan Witz paintings have been shown in galleries worldwide; including: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, in Chelsea, New York; Stolen Space Gallery, London, England; Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Addict Galley, Paris, France; White Walls, San Francisco, and DFN Gallery New York.
“Dan Witz is known for hyper-realistic figurative painting, with a career spanning over three decades in both studio work and street art interventions. Applying old master techniques, he achieves impressively convincing trompe l’oeil illusions of light, shadow and depth in his finely rendered portraits, landscapes and still lifes.”
Dan Witz’s new book “In Plain View: 30 Years of Artwoks Illegal and Otherwise” is available here. Watch the video below about his recent street art show ‘WTF’ at White Walls, San Francisco at the start of 2011.
Calligraphic paintings and concrete sculptures from Cuban raised, Miami born, New York based Artist / historical transcriber / visual raconteur José Parlá.
“Parlá concentrates on the problems inherent in the change of context from the street to the galleries that few of the old school writers had successfully negotiated. A notable exception is, of course, SAMO, who later painted under his given name, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Parlá’s work takes off from and expands on these roots.” Joan Waltemath, Brooklyn Rail
“I’m interested in bringing the energy of the city inside the gallery,” José Parlá
Watch his video below.