Hi Fin DAC, great to meet you . I’m really pleased you’ve accepted this interview for StreetArt360.
I’m a great fan of your art and I feel you’re probably at the origin of my growing passion for urban art.
I fell in love a few years ago with your geisha stencil under Vitry-Sur-Seine Train Station bridge, and your amazing young Asian boy portrait on a door still in Vitry sur Seine.
My discovery of these artworks,during a stroll through this Southern part of Paris opened my eyes! I do not look at the walls of our cities in the same way now.
First, can you tell us where you are from and where you’re based today?
I am from Cork in Ireland. I’m now based between London, England and Dublin, Ireland… I have to chop and change between the 2 because of studio commitments usually
Fin Dac, can you tell us how and when did you discover art and create your first artworks?
I was drawing as a child with intentions of being a graphic designer when I left school. That didn’t happen for various reasons but I rediscovered my creativity 10 years ago and started doing street art/stencil art
Where was your first mural? Is it still available to see today?
My first mural was at a Pictures on Walls print release event in London… the piece was gone within a couple of days
Do you paint with spray cans or do you use any other techniques?
I use anything that will give me the result I want/need… I’m comfortable with anything in spite of my lack of artistic education.
Do you primarly paint murals or do you paint on other canvas?
I paint murals because that’s what I love. I paint canvases to make a living.
If you can describe yourself, would you say you’re a Street Artist, a Painter, an artist … or something else?
I’m someone that definitely uses the street or environment to add something to my work but I’m equally as comfortable on canvas or other surfaces.
I guess descriptions and definitions are unimportant to me… they only serve to pigeon-hole creativity in the end. I don’t want my work to be defined… I want it to be free
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from not wanting to return to my former life. Artistically I’d say it comes from tradition, clothing and ethnicities that are foreign to me
I’ve noticed that you paint a lot of portraits of asian women, (often wearing masks) why is that?
The path to painting asian women started with the Vitry murals… both of which are women by the way. The piece on the door was of a very young girl who’s photo I found on flickr.
I loved her look and wanted to continue to work with her after painting her that first time. That was the genesis of the idea… the mask came a couple of years later and I guess u could say was the final piece in the puzzle. I never tell anyone its meaning though as that would spoil the mystery.
Where can we discover your murals around the world?
Oh wow, I’m not even sure I could remember every location myself? But safe to say that virtually every continent of the world has something by now
Do you have a personnal favorite mural artwork?
My piece on The Black Duke (a decommissioned cruise ship in Flint, North Wales) would be high on the list for sure. It was a great experience with wonderful people.
But right now my favourite is a piece that I painted in Adelaide in 2016
Did you collab with other artists ? Do you have any artists you would like to collab with in the future?
I collaborate from time to time… but I pick and choose wisely these days after a bad experience with one particular artist
Do you have a “favorite” city where you love to paint ? Is there a dream place around the world you would like to go for a mural artwork?
Probably Los Angeles… my experiences there have always been positive and the people there are so enthusiastic about street art. Anywhere in the Far East would be amazing for future projects
Do you have any exhibitions and upcoming art fests in the future?
At Moniker Art Fair in October I’m exhibiting a couple of pieces with my long time friend Jewel Goodby Contemporary (@jgcontemporary).
In December I’ll be in Miami for Art Basel but I’m not even sure at this stage whether I’ll exhibit anything… I usually just go for the street painting
Fin DAC Artwork Gallery:
All pictures by courtesy of Fin DAC