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Urban Street artist Fin Dac becomes 2014 Artist in Residence at Gibson Hotel

Published 01/04/2014 | 19:57

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Jimmy Deenihan with Finbar Dac,  the new Artist in Residence at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 1. Picture: Arthur Carron
Jimmy Deenihan with Finbar Dac, the new Artist in Residence at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 1. Picture: 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. 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

URBAN street artist Fin Dac was announced as the 2014 Artist in Residence at Dublin's trendy Gibson Hotel yesterday.

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The self taught Cork artist began painting 7 years ago and is known for his bold and bright Asian inspired murals.

For the next five weeks, Dac will set up camp at the Gibson Hotel. During that time he will paint a mural along one of the battered walls of Dublin's docklands as well as painting a bespoke portrait for the hotel.

"I live and work in the UK so it's nice to come back to Ireland - my homeland - and have the opportunity to create unique pieces,” 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 walls will be inspired by its namesake - the legendary Gibson acoustic guitar . The piece for the street will be my typical Asian style portraits.”

Last year, John Morris was the artist in residence at the chic hotel and spent considerable time working with teenagers and aspiring artists from Larkin Community College.

“I will be working with Community College in Ringsend,” Dac explained. “I think it’s important that students are encouraged to think creatively and express themselves.”

Bill Cullen, Jackie Lavin and Brian Purcell attended the launch as did Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.

The minister described the programme, which is now in its second year, as "innovative". 

“I think it’s a fantastic initiative and think hotels around the country should follow suit," Deenihan said.

"The Docklands is in a state of redevelopment and I have full faith Dac will renew and regenerate the docklands and further embellish the landscape.

“30 years ago this was an area you didn’t want to spend too much time in – programmes like this turn it into a desirable district.”

Dac is an accomplished artist having exhibited alongside actor Goldie, Nick Waller, Jamie Reed and Jef Aerosol.

He has previously been commissioned to create works for The Royal Albert Hall, Armani, G-Star, Red Bull and the London 2012 Olympics.

“We can’t wait to see the man in action,” Nicky Logue General Manager of the Gibson Hotel said. “It’ll be interesting to see how the quirky character of the hotel will influence his work.”

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