Irish Contemporary Artist – James Earley
James Earley is an internationally renowned Contemporary Artist, mostly known for his large-scale street art creations, and if you live or have visited Dublin you’re most likely a fan, even if you didn’t realise it – because he is the man behind Ireland’s largest piece of public art to date, the full building hand-painted mural of Dublin’s Bloom Hotel.
James Earley’s 2014 hand-painted mural of Blooms Hotel, Dublin
And on that note did you know that in 1903 James’s ancestors Earley & Company of Camden Street in Dublin created and installed the stained glass window in St. Kevin’s Church, on Harrington Street? – and that this same window remains the largest of its kind in Ireland today!
James has travelled the world with his art and his work sits in private collections in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the U.S., as well as the Irish Embassy in Paris.
But if you keep your eyes open to the beauty of the street art and graffiti that frame and brighten the streets of Dublin and beyond, you might be lucky enough to photograph a James Earley piece for your own private collection.
On home soil James has created commissioned works of art for the likes of the Junction Arts Festival in Tipperary, Waterford Walls, Metropolis Festival Dublin and Culture Night Belfast.
He has worked with international brands such as Facebook and with Jameson; where he designed a limited edition bottle, as well as with internationally home-grown brands such An Post; where he featured in their 2017 Urban Street Art Collection and Izzy Wheels; where he designed a wheel cover for their Spring 2018 Collection.
James has featured in numerous group shows over the years, from the NCAD Gallery Dublin to Christie’s Auction House in London, however his next exhibition ‘Things Fall Apart which launches this Thursday May 24th and then is open from Friday May 25th to Sunday June 3rd at Dollard House, 5 Wellington Quay in Dublin 2, will be his first solo exhibition – an amazingly exciting time for the Artist but also for Irish Art. Returning to his ancestral roots of stained glass but bringing his own unique creativeness and modern materials James’s exhibition will show the results of his creative process, which grows from pen sketches to computerised fine tuning – to machining and hand crafting. As a James Earley fan I’m really looking forward to seeing it!
Q&A’s with Irish Contemporary Artist James Earley
1. What was your inspiration to be come an Artist?
2. How did you officially become an Artist?
I started painting graffiti and involving myself with other like-minded artists when I was 15/16, I feel this is when it all really clicked for me. Painting and creating for the love of it and experiencing that with others is a very special experience in self exploration, creating life long bonds and feeling a sense of purpose.
3. Where do you take creative inspiration from for your work?
4. What’s the wackiest request you’ve had to date for commission work?
5. Where would you love to exhibit your work – the dream?
All artwork images and portraits featured are courtesy of James Earley.