Urban Street Art
On September 21, 2017 An Post issued a stamp to celebrate Urban Street Art.
Street art is recognised as a form of contemporary art that has been brought into the mainstream consciousness around the world by artists like Banksy. It’s also known as ‘guerrilla art’, ‘post-graffiti’ and ‘neo-graffiti’.
Urban street art is visual art in public locations, usually unsanctioned, on abandoned buildings etc. The most common forms you will see in cities today are stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art or sticker art and street installation or sculpture. Traditional spray-painted graffiti artwork is often recognised as street art, excluding territorial graffiti or pure vandalism.
Street art is often used to comment on current issues. In Dublin, for example, the artist Maser’s tribute to Seamus Heaney on Bachelor’s Walk illustrated Heaney’s last words “noli timere” “Don’t be afraid”.
Another internationally-acclaimed Irish street artist is Conor Harrington. From Cork and now based in London, he paints outdoor murals and more traditional artworks for galleries. Fin DAC is also from Cork and has an international reputation, working and exhibiting alongside artists as diverse as Goldie, Nick Walker and Jef Aerosol with commissions for Armani and Red Bull.
James Earley is a street artist from Dún Laoghaire. He has curated design retrospectives, graffiti art festivals, the art collection for The Dean Hotel, Dublin and completed a remarkable Joycean makeover of Blooms Hotel, Temple Bar. Some of the work of these four Irish contemporary street artists are celebrated in four new stamps designed by Aad Design.