Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Art and Crime

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Exploring the occassionally fine line between art and criminality, weekend viewing sorted, shouts to Lisa from A4 Sounds for this. Oh, and there are studio spaces available at the mighty A4 Towers, one of the finest examples of an independent, collectively ran artspace in Dublin. Details here:

Beastman is Unreal

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Mad skills, love this guys work, check out more here.

For Evelyn

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Canvas I did last week to welcome baby Evelyn to the world.

(Spraypaint on canvas 24″ x 30″)

Mrpaulmahon & Danleo

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Check it, Kilkenny-based badman artist Danleo at work on a wall, lovely bit of stop motion and some nice panning gives a pretty nice insight into the artist’s approach to the piece. This snippet is taken from Paul’s forthcoming ‘Surrounded‘ documentary, which, so far, features graffiti artists, illustrators and skateboarders. Have a look here for more info on the multitude of projects Paul’s working on.

Base 2010

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Yoyo, BASE is part of the Trans Festival in Belfast. It’s two days of live painting and music by some of the best European artists out there. Took place in St Anne’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter, which was a slightly unreal environment (freshly built, all giant pillars and solid paving, you wouldn’t want to spill any paint over…)

It was all go for the two days, here’s the piece I did (which is named after Ed Devane’s track on the forthcoming !Kaboogie release, ‘Rapidfirebuzzer EP’).

Dog Boy

Elph in action


Friz, KVLR, Will Barras (work in progress)


While we’re on Kriksix’s work, go check out what he did to this car

Connie Bree




Bad Seed & Miguel Martinez

Mr Kern


And more!

Spoom you

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Had an exhibition recently in Belfast with my fellow Spoomers: Dog Boy, Friz, KVLR and Bad Seed.

Really successful night, big thanks to all who dropped down, and also to the Homespun and Rudimentary DJs for laying down some fine jams.

I’ll have more photos of the work up soon (once I get a Gallery page built, soon, I swear…), but in the meantime, here’s a couple of pieces I did at it.

So they were all painted straight onto the walls, here’s a few little canvases too:

Got to check out some graffiti walls while I was up north too, check it:

Dublin qualify for Quarter Finals of SW Euro League!!!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Ye read it right, Team Dublin qualified! We’re in the last eight Secret Wars teams in Europe!

I know I’m a bit late with this post, but July has been Here’s the piece we did in our final first round game, home to Paris at Kings Of Concrete Festival, check the Napoleon Dynamite theme, as well as cameo appearance by Johnny Onion…

Sadly, I couldn’t get a photo of the French piece as it was covered up with fresh boards for some heads to lash a graf piece onto, but it won’t be the last time I’ll mention the Parisians on this blog, mysterious ohhhhhhh….

We’ve since been drawn against London in the quarter finals, there’s a home and away legs, and we’ll be stepping it up considerably in this next round. There’s no love lost between Dublin and London, the last time they came together though, Dublin won 2-1…(num num num!!! ok, i’ll stop with the suspense now).

The other draws for Secret Wars Euro League 2010 quarter finals are:

  • Malmo V Lisbon
  • Birmingham V Glasgow
  • Southampton V Amsterdam

More info an ting here.

Coach Andy has been doing a great job getting us through all this Euro League stuff. Not only did we manage to get through all our games quicksmart (which is all about the organization, maaaan), we’ve done a heap of friendly battles around the country which has been great practice for all of us individually as well as for putting together solid, balanced pieces (which is what it’s all about, NOT three artists drawing ‘their character, with fuck all gelling the piece together).

We’ve all come on a long way since our first battle against Copenhagen back in March (sadly, Copenhagen have since had to pull out of the league). Seven serious battles, trips to England, Spain and France, and three friendlies against Cork, Galway and Limerick. Next up it was Belfast’s turn…

In many ways, I’m envious of the Belfast arts scene, not only do they have some class artists (KVLR, Frizelle, Dog Boy, Bad Seed, Miguel Martinez, the list goes on), but the venues, facilitation and funding up there are unreal. Guys like Adam Turkington from Trans have put in sterling (ho ho) work the last few years and put together a world class framework up there. Of note particularly is the Trans Festival that runs the length of July. Workshops, exhibitions, gigs, combined live art and music festivals like Summer Base, man, these cats have it down! So we decided to challenge the cream of their people-who-draw-stuff to a friendly battle on July 9.

The venue was the Cathedral Arts, a real intimate venue, well laid out for the battle, plus there was some deadly music (the sound in there was delicious!).

Team Dublin was Friz, Danleo, and yours truly. We faced off with a strong Belfast team featuring Dog Boy, Bad Seed and Miguel Martinez.

I was really impressed with the Belfast piece, considering it was there first Secret Wars they did great, fair play for getting stuck in!

We did a foresty-creatures-with-bad-ass-chica piece that goes a little something like this:

BUT! As has been the case with all our away games, friendly or not, on the island, we lost 2-1. I’m hoping that the result will maybe prompt the uber-organised Belfast heads to get a team together for next years Euro League. There’s a MASSIVE amount of talent in the country, so we could definately be entering a few teams, nothing like a bit of healthy local competition too innit, unless of course it catches malaria and none of us can draw anymore cos we’re bleeding from underneath our fingernails (a common ailment amongst the illustrator caste).

By the time everything was wrapped up in the venue, it was time to move on for some falafel (or kebabs and pizza as some feckers had). I think the sign below says it all about the sort of establishment we customerized…

Down in the harbour…

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I was asked to paint at the annual Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of World Cultures. But the cool thing about this was that all the paint that was gonna be used was recycled. It comes from the Community Repaint Scheme. This initiative was set up by the good folks at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun (who also operate a furniture recycling project). You can find out more about the scheme here.

Another cool thing about this project was that the man like A-Force was going to be working with me, it was his first time painting in years, and his first public/live/street art piece. Had a great time doing this, got to eat some bangin falafel and samosas and drink some good coffee (man, the food stalls at the festival are UNREAL).

This was a great experience, normally doing murals we’ll have lots of little acrylics, mixed with a big tub of white emulsion to give them extra ‘legs’, but when I saw some of the colours they had up at the Repaint Scheme, man, I was like a kid in a sweet shop kid after eating a sweetshop, bouncing off the walls style. Great fun just lashing into big tins with masonry brushes. The theme for this year was biodiversity, and here’s what the finished piece looked like, big ups to Andy and all the folks at the Rediscovery Centre! (and to Sheila for the life-saving sandwiches!)

Summer Base in Belfast this weekend!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Yo! Summer Base this weekend as part of the Belfast Trans Festival. We did Winter Base last January in Ulster Hall and it was a BIGTIME GOODTIME. International street art and music buzz.

St Anne’s Square, Cathedral Quarter
Saturday 17th July, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 July, 2–6pm

Some of the artists include:

Will Barras (London), Mr Kern (Bordeaux), Graham Dews (Bristol). Also Featuring…KVLR, Frizelle, Redmonk, Danleo, Dog Boy, Bad Seed, Koncrete Tekniques, Miguel Martin, and many more to be announced…

Spoom Collective Exhibition This Friday!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Spoom Collective will showcase an exciting body of original artworks yet to be seen by the public at Platform Arts exhibition space. A collaborative approach is key in the work featuring artists such as:

KVLR (Belfast), Friz (Belfast), Dogboy (London), Redmonk (Dublin), Bad Seed (Edinburgh) and Horsey (Melbourne).
Platform Arts
(1 Queen street)
Friday 2nd July
The exhibition will feature large scale collaborative pieces from the artists as well as individual works employing a diverse variety of techniques and mediums. Spoom shares
strong links with Trans delivering countless workshops such as the street art master class, site specific murals and co-organizing the BASE street art and music festival.
Exhibition runs until 15 July (hold tight the under construction massive)

(Ok, so that’s our official spiel, lemme just saw the space we have for this is MASSIVE and we’ve been hard at work the last while getting it ready. There’s gonna be tunes from Rudimentary, Explosion Soundsystem, John King, Chuck, and more so get on down yeah? And it’s BYOB too innit.)