Friday 21 November 2014

Hotel's resident artist makes a mark

Published 02/04/2014 | 02:30

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Fin Dac, the new Artist in Residence at the Gibson Hotel, with, from left, Leah Maher, Jasmine Delaney, Niamh Faulkner, Eire Greene and Nicola Byrne, all second-year students at Ringsend Community College. ARTHUR CARRON
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Fin Dac, the new Artist in Residence at the Gibson Hotel, with, from left, Leah Maher, Jasmine Delaney, Niamh Faulkner, Eire Greene and Nicola Byrne, all second-year students at Ringsend Community College. Picture: ARTHUR CARRON
Jimmy Deenihan with Finbar Dac, the new Artist in Residence at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 1. Picture: Arthur Carron

URBAN street artist Fin Dac has been announced as the 2014 Artist in Residence at Dublin's Gibson Hotel.

The self-taught Cork artist began painting seven years ago and is known for his bold and bright Asian-inspired murals.

For the next five weeks, Dac will be based at the hotel. During that time he will paint a mural along one of the battered walls of Dublin's docklands as well as a portrait for the hotel.

"I live and work in Britain so it's nice to come back to my homeland and have the opportunity to create unique pieces," Mr Dac said.

"Plus I get to see more of my family who are based down in Cork, which is always a good thing.

"The piece I create for the hotel will be inspired by its namesake – the legendary Gibson acoustic guitar. The piece for the street will be my Asian-style portraits."

Mr Dac will also be working with students at the community college in Ringsend.

"I think it's important students are encouraged to think creatively and express themselves," Mr Dac said.

Arts Minister, Jimmy Deenihan described the programme, now in its second year, as "innovative".

"I think it's fantastic and hotels around the country should follow suit," he said.

Irish Independent

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