Freedom’ my print created for 5th anniversary of Hang Tough Framing. – Sunday 24th April is the 2016 census in Ireland. It’s time to ask yourself, are you religious? If not, make your mark ‘No Religion’ #freedomfromreligion #MakeYourMark #Census2016 #breakfree
Over the past few years I’ve celebrated April’s Fools Day by doing a street art prank. This year I want to do something different, so on the 1st of April 2016, I will be hiding 12 works of my art around Dublin city. Every hour I will reveal the location of each piece via a Snapchat story.
Your task is to find them before my other followers do, simply follow me on Snapchat before the 1st of April and check my Snapchat stories each hour from 8am till 8pm on Fools Day.
If you’re quick enough to find a piece of work, take a snapchat story of your prize (tag me in it @willsaint.)
From 8am today I placed my artwork work around various parts of Dublin. It was great fun and wonderful to get tweets from some of the happy hunters that found them. Thank you everyone that got involved!
This morning I installed a fake unexploded missle on South King Street, Dublin for GOAL global charity.
The unexploded missile has been constructed, using various salvaged materials. It was be placed in a ‘hole’ on the pavement, created using sand and pre-smashed paving stones. Special effects will be created by coal dust for blast scorch and smoke, along with a number of other elements. The charity wanted to highlight the ongoing suffering of innocent civilians in Syria, as the latest round of peace talks on the Syria crisis begin in Geneva tomorrow.
I was commissioned by GOAL to build the structure to mark the fact that rockets and missiles continue to land in civilian areas in Syria every day, killing innocent men, women and children in the process
GOAL CEO Barry Andrews attended the event with GOAL Syrian staff member, Alia Alsoud. Alia left Syria at the start of the war but still has family living in the country. She also lost family members in the violence, while other have been trapped in sieges.
‘Collins Rising’ My new, limited edition screen print will be launched Thursday 10th March at Damn Fine Print – 31 signed and numbered prints only.
I’ve teamed up with Damn Fine Print to produce an exclusive limited edition Screenprint of #CollinsRising // launch part Thursday 10th March at their studio in 32 North Brunswick Street Stoneybatter Dublin. To buy this limited edition print click here
Origins to ‘Duty Free State’ (Collins Rising)
For God’s sake, give me one free night to be a human being!” – exclaimed Michael Collins to his fellow rebels in the self titled,1996 film by Neil Jordan. These words became the starting point for my original Collins stencil entitled, ‘Duty Free State’ ten years ago.
From his early twenties, Michael Collins was involved in the struggle for Irish independence. From fighting in the Easter Rising to the negotiations table at 10 Downing street 6 years later, Collins dedicated his life to the dream of an Irish Republic.
While much has been written about his achievements, I often wondered about what this young Corkonian had to sacrifice to achieve these goals. Ask any committed activist and they will tell you that their cause often comes a personal price. Committed volunteers like Collins never got leisure time, bonuses, holidays or luxury goods. They dedicated their waking hours to defeating their oppressors so others could be set free.
Our little republic is not perfect, but we are not under the dominion of unelected monarchs, we have a constitution and we are free to utilize the tools of democracy, freedom of association, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly. Liberty should never be considered a luxury, it is a fundamental human right.
If Michael had more time after the Civil war, he might have travelled the world, he might have got married to his sweetheart, raised a family. We might have spotted him striding down the street, shopping bags in hand after buying something nice for himself or his girlfriend. My screen print, ‘Duty Free State’ is an aspirational piece of work about a man who missed so much because he cared too much.
Because of men and women like Collins, I enjoy the freedom to satirize icons like Michael without fear of restriction or the threat of imprisonment and for that I’m grateful.
Michael Collins you deserve one free night off.
I’ve just created this Ulysses themed print for Bloom’s Day for the über talented folk at Bloom (creative agency in Dublin)
Each year the agency ask an artist to interpret this line for James Joyce’s Ulysses;
“He went through a form of clandestine marriage with at least one woman in the shadow of the Black Church”
To me, it meant that the man was having sordid relations with ladies of the night and so I imagined the Black Church bathe in moon light with a neon ‘girly bar’ light above it.
The latest edition of Irish Art Review features Irish street artists making their mark. Fittingly Conor Harrington‘s work (arguably Ireland’s No.1 street artist) adorns the front cover. The article includes work and interviews with Maser, ADW, Rask and myself. Bravo to Irish Arts Review for recognising the role of street art in Ireland today.
There’s also a nice piece about my new sell out show ‘Cause & Effect’
I’ve been working on a lot of new stuff lately. This new piece, originally to be used on a bag. Probably going to end up as a print in the near future. Feel free to comment.
I didn’t think I’d ever see the day again when another generation of Irish people would have no choice than to board planes in search for work. Back in the 80’s Ireland was just a developing country, this time around we have allowed greedy banks and developers to dictate our economy. ‘Sinking Ship’ is a self explanatory piece about the banks sinking this country. While ‘Stitched Heart’ is about the people that have gone from me. Like Colin, John and Keith. Who I miss a lot.
January is a depressing month, even more so when it’s at the beginning of a recession. This city and it’s people need something to smile about again and we need you to help make it happen.
Free Art Friday is a relatively new art movement that’s rapidly gaining in popularity around the World. Artists create a painting, sketch, sculpture or installation and leave it on the street. The piece can then be picked up by anyone and claim it as their own. Finders are encouraged to email the artist and tell them how and where they found it. We’re asking all painters, photographers, illustrators, sculptures, graffiti artists, taggers, cartoonists or any visual artist to contribute a small piece of work that will be hung/placed/or left on the streets of Dublin on Friday 23rd January for anyone to take away.
Click here to get involved.
I really enjoyed this year’s fringe show, it was so easy going and unpretentious. The location of the show was a back alley studio and indie gallery called RedSpace. We dressed it up with old furniture and put beer in coolers and let everyone feel at home.
I did a small intro and slagged off some of the art people brought and then our artists came down stairs and got to work, spraying, painting, sticking and stenciling on each piece. At the end we hung everything up and it all looked amazing. Thanks to everyone that came along and the talented artists that pimped the work.
Here’s some YouTube footage from the second night.