Ireland

The Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival celebrated its 6th year in 2020. But it was a year like no other. Instead of taking place over a long weekend in August, it lasted for over 45 days, as artists from throughout Ireland arrived one at a time to paint their murals in accordance with social distancing guidelines. With live interviews and videos online, the festival successfully transformed urban spaces while, also, engaging the public.

The image featured above was created collaboratively by the noted Irish artists Aches and Maser. Several more images that surfaced in the 2020 The Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival follow:

London-born Ireland-based muralist and illustrator Dan Leo 

Dublin-based sign painter and lettering artist Vanessa Power

Waterford-based Polish artist Magda Karol

Dublin-based muralist and graphic artist Garreth Joyce

Irish printmaker and muralist Shane O’Driscoll

Dublin-based Niall O’Lochlainn and Waterford-based Caoilfhionn Hanton

All photos courtesy Waterford Walls; special thanks to Houda Lazrak for making the connection

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The following guest post is by Street Art NYC contributor Houda Lazrak

One week before Dublin went into its second lockdown in October, I visited the city and snapped a few shots of old and new street art pieces. The image featured above is the work of  two Italian artists, Valdis & Tilf.  They painted the piece in 2013 in Smithfield Square as part of the MURO Street Art Festival in Dublin.

Below is a selection of several more artworks from the neighborhoods of Smithfield, City Center and Portobello, crafted mainly by local Irish artists:

Dublin native graffiti artist, muralist and graphic designer Aches

Hand painted portrait by the socially-conscious Dublin-based collective Subset

Dublin-based sign painter and lettering artist Vanessa Power

Irish artist and educator Joe Caslin “I will find a way through this / I am not alone / I will hold on / Look after yourself,” — part of the Look After Yourself campaign by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 

Galway, Ireland native Canvaz to the left of veteran Irish artist Jor

Canvaz, closer-up

Photos by Houda Lazrak

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A masterful painter, tattoo artist and portraitist, Scottish artist Mark Worst has fashioned — in a range of spaces — extraordinary portraits blurring the line between street art and fine art. Featured here are several he painted within the past several months:

Portrait of the artist’s “Lady” —  painted in Derry, Northern Ireland

Portrait of Action Bronson — painted in Leith Docks, Scotland

Portrait of  the artist’s “mate” — painted in Paisley, Scotland 

Indoor commission

Sponsored by Montana Cans UKMark Worst is seeking opportunities to paint in NYC, where he will be from April 8 – 22. The artist can be contacted at markwrst@gmail.com.

All photos courtesy of the artist

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On our brief visit to Dublin, Ireland, we discovered a vibrant street art and graffiti scene teeming with infectious images. Here are a few more:

Cork, Ireland native Fin DAC, whose aesthetic we first came upon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Dublin-based James Earley, close-up

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Dublin-based Fink

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Irish illustrator and painter Dan Leo

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South African native MARCAMIX aka bryite1one

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Belfast-based Friz

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Irish graffiti artists Koce and Vents

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Photo credits: 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8 Tara Murray; 3, 5 & 7 Lois Stavsky

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