Graffiti Artist Aches on Canvas

Twenty-six year-old Dubliner Aches has designed and created original artworks for projects in Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, England and the United States, and now he’s having his first solo show with works on canvas. He’s preparing for the exhibition in a newly opened, sleek, street-facing, glass-fronted studio and gallery space in Charlemont Street in Dublin, ateliermaser. Maser himself uses the studio space and is generous in his invites to fellow graffiti artists to use it as a studio and/ or exhibition space.

I revere Monet, and Roderic O’Conor – it’s great the way he uses reds, greens and blues. And I just love Jack B Yeats; look at his Liffey Swim

Aches cites his father, an amateur painter, as the motivating influence on his creative path. He relates to Impressionism and says: ‘I revere Monet, and Roderic O’Conor – it’s great the way he uses reds, greens and blues. And I just love Jack B Yeats; look at his Liffey Swim’. A graduate of Visual Communications at the National College of Art and Design, he credits the design skills learned there as influencing his extremely precise and technical style
of work. His artistic practice has evolved from traditional painting techniques and sketching as a teenager, through to his renowned graphic murals.

Aches’ current studio pieces are portraits. He is using sub-pixel techniques. As he explains: ‘Red, green and blue (RGB) are used on all LED digital screens to create the spectrum of colour. I am blending sub-pixel shades of RGB on canvas. Blended together, the image colours and definition change depending on the viewer’s distance from the image.

‘In my work for this show I am referencing the contradictions that exist in the digital world that we live in today and the potentially negative effects that are created by communicating through technology on a constant basis. We are so used to communicating with friends who are identified by a digital photo on screen, rather than a true representation of the real person. Also, constantly being updated with the details of their lives – a slight mystery is diminished and almost gives you an excuse not to meet up in person.’

Working with spray paint on canvas, Aches’ first solo exhibition opens 14 March at ateliermaser. With some 65,000 followers on Instagram, there may be a few friends BM

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