Eoin [Dublin, Ireland]

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He finds his motifs in the immediate surroundings of his native Ireland, the landscapes, the sea, the farmsteads and its many characters. Before painting Eoin had a background in Architecture which explains his assured drawing style that forms the basis for his compositions.

When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in street art/graffiti?

Well in terms of art, it has been a major part of my life from very early on in my childhood. I can’t remember exactly how I first became interested in street art/ graffiti, it could have been when I was in school having it going on around me. I also do have a memory of seeing Style Wars on TV, late one night, when I was really young that may have sparked something.

Which artist/s influenced you?

Over the past few years I have been very interested in the abstract expressionists and to name a few, I find the power of Rothko and Pollock’s work most inspiring.

What style is your work?

I’ve been dropped into many different genres and styles in recent years but at the moment I think I am happiest painting in wide open outdoor scenic spaces – this is up to whoever needs to title it, whether it’s considered graffiti, street art, rural art or scenic art. I don’t get hung up on the title of it I’d rather just do the work.

Are there any particular cultures that have influence your visual?

Yes I think surf/outdoor cultures have influenced the work that I do. A lot of what I do is based on movement and energy, these are things that are very present in that life and we can take for granted until they are no longer as accessible due to moving away from the coast. I try to bring some of those elements into my walls and the studio work would have elements of the constrictions of living away from the ocean and that energy.

What’s the source of your inspiration these days?

Pretty much the same as above.

What do your pieces usually focus on?

I would like to focus my work on giving life to a stagnant space, the main image I have used for this is the (eye), it has been ongoing for a couple of years now. The more recent walls have been focused on depth, light and movement.

What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

Probably driving into the Australian Outback by myself, in a Toyota Corolla to paint, with no phone.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

At the time of completion I am usually pretty happy how the piece finished, every now and again I have one that this satisfaction holds up against time.Most of the time I find flaws and things I would like to change within a few days or weeks.

Do you listen to music while painting? Or you need a quite environment?

It depends if I have to listen to what’s going on around me. If there are no worries then I’ll usually listen to Massive Attack.

Where your work is usually located?

I have work in many countries around the world but most of the time my work is located in places not many people will ever see, whether it’s rural, scenic or abandoned. Eventually nature will take it back or it will be destroyed – it’s part of what I love about it!

Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?

Not really, location doesn’t really bother me most of the time.

Do you have a formal art education?

I have an Honors Degree in Fine Art Sculpture

If YES! Do you feel that you will benefit from it?

I don’t think I will benefit from having it career wise but I am sure it helped with the understanding of light, depth and giving something flat a 3 dimensional appearance.

Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?

I usually paint alone but over the past year I have done a couple of collaborations with other writers which have been interesting, there are also a few more planned which I am looking forward to!

What do you see as the future of street art / graffiti?

Who knows !? I would like to see the lines between all genres grey and blur even more to give it a refresh and start pushing again rather than seeing saturation and slowing down.

How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?

In a way, I would consider myself a photographer through documenting my own work – so in that case – all photographers are awesome!! *joke*. I have met and know a few of the photographers/bloggers around at the moment documenting what is going on in the world. Although I might not understand what pushes them to chase down new work that is being done around cities, I can appreciate that they have drive and in time it will all be relevant and extremely interesting to look back over to see the progression of the movement!

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