Get ready to be knocked out by 'assault with a deadly weapon'
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 www.adwart.com.