Elusive artist Banksy surfaces in Dublin exhibition
Fans of Banksy usually have to tramp the streets to see his work - but this weekend they will be able to view some of his pieces at a gallery in Dublin.
There was speculation earlier this year that the secretive street artist, from Bristol, England, had taken a break from his stomping ground of London and made a quick dash to Kilbarrack community centre on Dublin's north side.
A mural in Banksy's style suddenly appeared on the community centre's walls, but it was never confirmed if he was the creator or merely the inspiration.
Now fans can see the real thing at a new show Collector, which claims to be the first major exhibition of street and contemporary art in Ireland. It is a collaboration between gallery SO Fine Art Editions, based in South Anne Street, and collector Shaun Davin.
The exhibition will feature giants of the movement including Chloe Early, Banksy, Keith Haring, Cyrcle, and Conor Harrington. These star names will hang alongside the most progressive contemporary artists in Ireland and the UK: Canvaz, James Earley, Tom French, Carne Griffiths, Sam Le Bas, Schoony, and Dave White.
Jameson Irish whiskey is sponsoring the event, which opens on Friday from 6pm to 8pm.
SO Fine Art Editions will also host a talk by designer and street artist Earley on Saturday, from 2pm to 3pm. Earley is perhaps best known for being commissioned to give Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar a Joycean makeover.
The exhibition and talk are part of Dublin Gallery Weekend, during which 36 galleries across the city will host 55 events that encourage visitors to explore the art scene.
Street art has evolved across a range of mediums, including print, stencil and painting. The organisers of the Collector event said: "To a street artist, every blank space is a canvas: a garage wall, a digital file, or a sheet of fine art paper.
"Regardless of the medium, street art remains divisive, although it can be a welcome interruption to everyday life."
SO Fine Art Editions, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin 2. Call: 087 254 9884. See: www.sofinearteditions.com