Initiated by Maser, this studio and gallery space in the heart of the city is Dublin's newest hub for creating original work and nurturing young talent.
It's been a positive week for Irish art. It was announced that five bursaries of up to €20,000 will be awarded annually to female artists via the new Constance Markievicz fund. What's more, a new gallery dedicated to street art is set to open in early December.
Atelier Maser is a dedicated gallery space that will provide a platform for street artists; bringing traditional and contemporary street art to a specially-allotted indoor space. The gallery, on Dublin’s Charlemont Street, opens its doors on December 7 with an exhibition of work by upcoming artist Peter Doyle; a self-taught and trained artist formerly represented by The Unit London, who now lives and works in the London borough of Hackney.
Traditionally overlooked as a credible art form, street art has gained in both popularity and stature. By creating this space, Maser has committed to nurturing upcoming talent within the community; with artist-in-residence programmes to help artists refine and hone their craft, as well as to help develop their business and commercial nous.
The ethos of the gallery is simple; a space where Irish artists who share Maser’s background in graffiti can display the evolution of their craft, from street art to fine art. Atelier Maser intends to play host to four artists a year, in an endeavour to expose Irish art fans to the artists who've transitioned from the street to the studio.
Maser (whose real name is Al Hester but has been working under the alias of 'Maser' since 1995), first started his career on the streets of Dublin, where he gained a reputable reputation and high level of respect through his craft. His signature style is an experimentation of form and structure, and the final product is often psychedelic in nature, thought-provoking, and undoubtedly beautiful.
Photography by Róisín Photography
For more information, see ateliermaser.com.