Urban Art has firmly established itself as an important medium for artists and communities to express themselves and to claim the urban space for themselves. It is an empowering form of expression that has gone from subversive to widely accepted as an important art form in just a few short decades.
Dublin too can boast its own community of Urban Artists working the streets of Dublin to make their mark on the urban landscape. Dublin’s low-rise nature and areas that have seen little or no development in recent years, means there’s a lot of blank canvas for artists to express themselves.
Check out the video below for a time-lapse view of the artists at work:
It's all about love, life and freedom. The faces juxtapose and fuse Remed's and Okuda's lines and styles, and they are a reflection of the people who look at them. They are sexless and ageless, they are universal.
Madrid is one of the major centres for urban art and some of the very best artists apply their paint to the side of buildings in the Spanish capital. Two such renowned artists, Okuda and Remed, have been collaborating with Spanish Rioja winemaker Campo Viejo to bring their distinctive, expressive and very Spanish style of Urban Art to cities around the world. Including Dublin.
At the launch event of the 2016 Tapas Trail (Dublin - 7th of June to the 3rd of July, Cork 12th - 27th July and Galway 24th August - 7th September), Campo Viejo flew Okuda and Remed over to Dublin to work their magic on Dublin’s Drury Buildings, one of the participating restaurants on the Tapas Trail. The two artists worked on a limited space on the facade of the restaurant to complete quadriptych design that captures the essence of the Campo Viejo brand.
You might wonder why Campo Viejo have such a strong affinity for, and a dedicated support of, urban art. The flagship Rioja brand invite people to ‘Live a Life Uncorked’, to live life as the Spanish do with passion and with expressiveness.
#MeetTheArtist He makes rhymes with colors, shapes and sounds to express emotion, feelings, or the evolution of thought. "I paint as you write a diary, a notebook of inventions, or philosophical assai. Art is for me the sincere blend of science and soul. I live what I feel, I paint what I live" said, Alby Guillaume aka @remed_art french visual artist based in Madrid, Spain who along with Okuda San Miguel aka @okudart a visual artist from Santander, Spain based in Madrid who works with multicoloured geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflexion, art that we can call an unique iconographic language; created this amazing fresh piece of art in Drury Street. #Photo by #Iger @lawsofjacie #igersdublin #streetart #art #dublin #ireland #instagramersdublin #instagramdublin #thisisdublin #seemydublin #mydublin #dublino #colours #streetofcolours
Wine making is an art, one that is enjoyed by people the world over and the experts at Bodegas Campo Viejo - located right in the heart of La Rioja - bring the same passion to their production of Rioja wines; from the growing of grapes and maintenance of the pristine valleys in which they grow, to the blending of their three grape varieties to produce the distinctive Rioja flavour across their range of wines.
It’s a very natural fit for Campo Viejo to work with Okuda and Remed, artists whose styles are inured with a very Spanish flavour. Bold colours complement bold flavours, individual expressiveness complements the wines’ individual expression of the terroirs and the fact the blends are different every year. Underpinning all is the expert hand of artists, in applying colour to the streets in an act of self-expression, and in the winemakers’ expertise and passion in finding the exact right blend of grapes to represent the Rioja region in its purest form.
The collaboration between Okuda and Remed and Campo Viejo started a number of years ago with the #Streetsofcolour Urban Art Project. The project has brought the art of Okuda and Remed to the streets of Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian and beyond Spain to London, Oslo, Brussels, Toronto, Miami and, of course, Dublin.
Last year’s edition saw Okuda working solo on the walls of Busyfeet & Coco Café on Dublin’s South William Street, with a characteristic geometric creation.
Urban artist Remed grew up in Lille, France and is now based in Madrid, Spain.
Remed’s work has a unique, immediately recognizable quality in both its micro and macro manifestations. Working with the principles of maths and calligraphy, his work strikes a balance between harmony and energy. “I quickly felt the need to overcome the limits imposed by the framework, that’s how I came to the street.”
As his experience in the urban art scene grew, he started to realise that the viewer does not give as much time to the observation of an artwork as he dared to imagine. This led him to synthesise his creations and simplify them so the viewer could actually feel something without his physical presence being necessary to explain his art. This is the style that we clearly recognise today in all his artworks, whether they are on canvas or on walls in the form of prints, drawings or sculpture.
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“Urban art is free from the limits imposed by framework and allows you to interact with the environment around you. A lot of my artworks are commissioned but never guided by anyone but my soul. Urban art is important because the street is the only place that you don’t need a special invitation to be in. It allows people to openly share emotions, feelings and messages in an unrestricted manner.”
Born in Santander, Spain, Okuda (a.k.a Oscar San Miguel Erice) started his career with a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Complutense University of Madrid and over the years has developed a unique style of artistic expression characterised as “pop-surrealism meets urban art”.
He uses geometric, bright-coloured abstract shapes with interplay of grey bodies and organic forms to depict contradictions about existentialism and the meaning of life.
Crucial333 has been taking photographs and archiving the aerosol art movement in Ireland for the last twelve years, as well as being an advocate for the scene, he has been assisting artists promote their work via exhibitions, events, and commissions.
How does the aerosol art scene in Dublin differ to those of other European cities?
It doesn’t really, the only difference is that the Dublin scene is a lot smaller and this is in relation to the size of the city of Dublin being smaller. That being said, we have seen in recent years an upsurge in the amount of street art / graffiti art and murals appearing around the city.
Is there a particular style associated with Dublin?
The subject of style relates to the artist’s individual output in what they produce as the finished article and that is the same for any artist in any medium, it really is the ultimate goal for anyone aspiring to stand out from the crowd to have their own unique style, so there is not a particular type of style that relates to Dublin.
How has the aerosol art scene in Dublin changed in recent years?
The scene itself in recent years has certainly expanded and the demand for places to paint has increased too with the amount of artists that reside here. You have to remember that spray cans and that paint the flies from the nozzle appear in all forms of media today such as music videos, computer games, film, fashion shoots, publications and the list goes on so to me it’s hardly surprising so many young children, young adults want to learn to paint with a spray can.
I have met many international artists visiting Dublin such as Espo, Softles, T-Kid, Smug, Solo One, Bonzai, Lovepusher and they all have expressed a real genuine passion for the scene here. Dublin certainly has a real buzz about it, which is hard to translate in to words, you have to be here to feel it.
What effect does aerosol art have on the city of Dublin?
Artists love to take a wall that is unloved and create something bright, colourful, but at the same we have seen in recent years artists not taking in to account that certain properties are protected structures and this causes problems when artwork appears on buildings of this nature. It is my belief that the majority of artwork that appears in the city's landscape adds to the city's appeal and does not take away from it.
I have managed projects around the city and the response from the general public has been very encouraging, of course you can’t please everybody all the time but for me, artists here in Dublin are bringing colour to our lives and that is an important quality for the city of Dublin to have.
What do you see for the future of aerosol art in Dublin?
I would like to see corporate sponsorship getting involved to help fund bigger aerosol art events in the city, similar to the type of events they have in Europe. We have the space, I see plenty of billboards / buildings around that could do with creative flair added to them, and we certainly have a high standard of artists here that are able to match any city in the world. Events like these draw in visitors from overseas and locally, which in turn increases revenue for the city and businesses. It’s a win-win for everyone.
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