Maser, an urban art artist, was born in Ireland but nowadays lives in the USA. In 1995 starts to “ graffiti “ the streets of Dublin and immediately achieve the respect of another street artist of Ireland and all Europe in general because his unique abstract style. Design Gallerist presents the most amazing colorful street art, check out this exclusive interview.
After studying Visual Communication in Art School became one of the leaders in visual arts in Ireland working with street art.
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He was invited to work with U2 in there album “Songs of Innocence”.
His work allows him to explore new ways of communication to express his art not only in walls but also in canvas, 3D installations in large scale and video.
For me, every color evokes a different emotion and feeling, especially when paired with another color. I’ve gotten to the stage where I use mainly primary colors, as well as wanting to keep things simplistic, it also out of convenience. as a lot of my work is international, I try to keep to the same color palette to keep continuity to the work — they consist of ten colors; yellow, cyan, baby pink, mint, magenta, navy, orange, red, black and white. from these ten colors, I make over forty different color combinations. it’s a simple system that I have in place that allows me to share instructions if I’m in a different country and production starts before I arrive. the combinations are all based on the contrast in colors, eg. hot and cold. this is inspired from my graffiti background where you’d always want your pieces to ‘pop’.
Honestly it’s just my day to day life, new experiences, meeting new people and traveling. I absorb it all. conversations with friends and strangers, interacting and communicating, taking myself out of my comfort zone and being open to new experience. an example of that is spending a month in mount joy prison in Dublin painting with the inmates, I went with the intension to teach them, but subsequently I left learning the most. I can see these experiences come through in my work. I feel we are all in this together and I see my work communicates and facilities those thoughts.
Favorite particular project:
There are so many, not just because of the finished piece, but the experiences, the new cities, the learning and amazing people I’ve met. the one that probably stands out right now is a recent enough piece, from last october. mainly because it was in my home town dublin, coming home from the states to create a large institution in the city center was a proud moment for me. working with a great crew of dubs too and having a laugh through the whole process from start to finish. I love how we never take each other too seriously, but there is always love and respect.
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Differences between working in the public realm versus in a studio:
The energy, for sure. it’s a completely different way of working and it’s down to the process. most of the outdoor works, especially the builds take a lot of planning, designing, managing budgets, crews of people, and don’t get me started on the headache of health and safety. this is all done before we step outside. by the time we start outdoors it’s a matter of rolling it out, all boxes are ticked, obviously a few obstacles pop up, but the more prepared I am the less they show their ugly head.in the studio, it’s a lot freer, the discovery is in the process. knowing what themes I want to communicate, I give myself enough time to just think and paint, the key is to be patient with yourself and be confident that the work will come out. I must admit it’s been very enjoyable, I crave routine because I spend most of my time all over the place, so the studio has become a sanctuary, spending 8-10 hours there to just paint has been a blessing.
I follow all the masters closely, every time I’m in a new city I’ll always make time to visit the museums. what draws my eye the most is abstract expressionism, post modernism and op art. minimalism always shakes me, I find this fascinating, there is nothing to hide behind. if done right, it’s truly confident work. dan flavin, sol lewitt, donald judd and frank stella to name a few.
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