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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

8 of the best pieces of street art around Ireland

Iconic, ironic or just beautiful. Check them out.

TO A STREET artist, every blank space is a canvas – from a wall to a garage door, even the pavement can be used to spread their art.

While graffiti has sometimes not had the best rep, these days there are some seriously talented artists conveying serious messages or turning their hand to brightening up a dull or downtrodden area, often commissioned by county councils or other businesses. Here are seven gorgeous pieces of art you can see around the country. Let us know your favourite pieces in the comments below.

1. Various artists, The Bernard Shaw, Dublin

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The Bernard Shaw on South Richmond Street, Dublin is known for its ever-changing wall of street art. With a rotating roster of artists and themes to check out, wandering by the Bernard Shaw and checking out the latest incarnation is always worth doing.

2.  Solus, Hive hairdressers, Dublin

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This uplifting piece of art is on the shutter of Hive Hairdressers on George’s Street, Dublin. Solus is a Dublin street artist who used to work in IT. Here he talks about how he got into street art, and how he wants to tell a story through his work, strike something off in people and make them feel something.

3. Joe Caslin, Spanish Arch, Galway

Joe Caslin is best known for his #MarRef piece on a building on George’s Street in 2015, but he has many other pieces around the country too. He’s an award-winning illustrator and his large-scale pieces are made from paper and pasted on to buildings. The art is environmentally friendly and is washed away with the weather.

4. Dan Leo, Usher’s Quay, Dublin

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Dan Leo is an Irish multi-disciplinary artist who has his own unique and colourful style, easily recognisable throughout Dublin and Ireland. He has had his work displayed floating on Grand Canal Dock and in galleries, as well as street art pieces that you can spot around Dublin.

5.  Fintan Magee, Limerick

Fintan Magee is an award-winning artist and his work is on buildings all over the world including this piece in Limerick city. He creates sculptures as well as street art and his work always integrates with the city and the building its painted on.

6. Fikos, Limerick

Greek street artist Fikos brought his work to Ireland with this mural in Limerick. He has studied Byzantine painting and the themes of his paintings, both religious and secular, are heavily influenced by both Orthodox Christianity and Greek mythology.

7. Maser, Dublin

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Maser’s work can be seen all around Dublin, with his distinctive tag. You might know his U are Alive piece on Camden Street, or his updated version of that for the #MarRef in Grantham Street, Dublin.

He studied visual communication in Dublin and has since gone on to collaborate with many artists and musicians such as Fintan Magee (see above) and U2.

8. Okuda and Remed, Drury Buildings, Dublin

Okuda and Remed, Spanish-based street artists, came to Dublin recently to brighten up the city centre. The artists’ work is a mix of maths, calligraphy, geometry, colour and form.

Head over to the Drury Buildings on Drury Street to see what they did.

What’s your favourite piece of street art? Let us know in the comments below.

If you fancy seeing some stunning street art in person, head over to Okuda & Remed’s piece on the Drury Buildings to celebrate the Campo Viejo trail. Check out Campo Viejo trail here to find out more. # Streets of Colour.

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