Monday 22 January 2018

Get ready to be knocked out by 'assault with a deadly weapon'

Artist ADW setting up for his Dublin exhibition
Artist ADW setting up for his Dublin exhibition
A curator lifts Monopoly Breeze Blocks in to position in the South Studios Gallery in Dublin
A sign made from used spray cans in the South Studios Gallery in Dublin part of a new exhibition entitled Pricks and Mortar by Street Artist ADW.
Work entitled Riot Police in the South Studios Gallery in Dublin, part of a new exhibition entitled Pricks and Mortar by Street Artist ADW.
Artist ADW setting up yesterday for his exhibition in Dublin

Mark Hilliard

THE artist will be at his own exhibition -- but no one will know he is there.

ADW, the pseudonym which stands for 'assault with a deadly weapon', has temporarily laid down his stencils to prepare for his upcoming show, 'Pricks and Mortar'.

And the show of his graffiti-style works could push the relatively obscure Dublin artist into the limelight, like his well-known British counterpart Banksy.

The culmination of a year and a half of clandestine, nocturnal work -- created with stencils and appearing randomly on walls throughout the city and further afield -- will be on display from tomorrow for three days at the South Studios gallery in New Row South, Dublin 8.

His collection of "post-Celtic Tiger hangover" art, which depicts Ireland's obsession with turning the building industry into a cash cow, will undoubtedly cause a stir.


ADW views his pieces as a humorous take on Irish society -- and much of its inspiration will strike a familiar chord.

"Money was thrown around like a play thing, like a toy," said the artist, who is in his 30s -- but that is all the personal information you are likely to get.

"I think people can relate to most of my work. I don't normally paint things that are too obscure; if I'm going to paint something on the street, I want people to relate to it," he said.

"It's a carefully thought out image and it's not too political or heavy.

"I prefer anonymity, especially face-wise; I prefer to keep it out of anything being published, not just because of what I might have done but because of what I might do."

His work has appeared throughout Ireland as well as Spain and Holland.

Although he's carving out his own reputation, there will be obvious comparisons to Banksy -- arguably the world's most celebrated and sought-after graffiti artist. So, is he the same thing?

"Yes, well, no. I would like to think that I am ADW. As soon as you get a stencil out, you are going to be associated with Banksy but my stuff doesn't look like Banksy's," he insisted.

For more information, see

Irish Independent

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