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Graffiti Artist “SMART RIS” Opens Exhibition at New Dublin Gallery The Horse

Graffiti Artist SMART RIS working on location at the new Dublin Gallery "The Horse"

The latest addition to Dublin’s art scene “The Horse” is a new gallery and project space founded by artist Matthew Wilkinson and located at Bethesda Place, Dublin 1. This month, the gallery is presenting a new body of work by the prominent Italian, Los Angeles-based, graffiti artist SMART RIS. A member of the infamous New York Rockin’ It Suckers graffiti crew, SMART RIS has been making work for over 30 years and has collaborated with some of the leading names on the scene including Chris Ellis ‘DAZE’, Todd James ‘REAS’ and Stephen Powers ‘ESPO’.

The exhibition marks a departure for SMART RIS, the artist has created a series of “drip” paintings made on location at the new Dublin gallery. Speaking about the exhibition, gallery curator Matthew Wilkinson remarked:

“The paintings are rooted in that childhood memory of the studio floor, the compositions produced are investigations into the states that accompany the action surrounding a night of writing illegally. The night sky, the stars, the lines that are produced by the spray can. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see work by the artist in Ireland”.

“The Drip” runs until March 17th at The Horse, 3 Bethesda Place, Dublin, D01 EY29.

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