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DAMN FINE NEWS

WORD. A Collaboration between DFP and Signs of Power

Eric Greene

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We're launching a new show in Dublin City Centre and we'd love if you could join us for a drink to celebrate. 

Entitled WORD, the show is a collaboration between sign painting master Signs of Power and Damn Fine Print with drinks on the  opening night kindly provided by Jameson Irish Whiskey.

The collection is an exciting showcase of limited edition prints in collaboration with an artist and talent that we're huge fans of here in the studio.

It's happening at our new venue, FRAME, at 53 South William Street on Thursday, October 26th from 7pm. 

For those who don't already know about her, Signs of Power is the nom de guerre of Vanessa Power, the Dublin-based sign writer who is single-handedly reviving the incredible art of sign writing for shop fronts and businesses across the city. 

Artworks that inspire and uplift. Lettering you want to own and admire. This is traditional craft, sign writing and silk screen printing all brought together in one exclusive collection.

This exclusive new collection will be available to buy at FRAME on South William Street, online at DamnFinePrint.com and also at the Damn Fine Print studio in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

Call for entries: "CULTure" end of year riso show

Eric Greene

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This is shout-out to all artists, illustrators, designers and creatives to join our big annual end of year show at Damn Fine Print. Each year we try to push the boundaries of design and showcase some of the creative talent that’s out there.

The theme for this year’s show is CULTURE. We’re looking for the top 30 entries that give a visual snapshot of now. And it’s gonna be an exclusively Risograph printed printed show!

Yes, you heard us R I S O baby! We’ve got a beautiful big new risograph machine in the studio and we want to use that as the basis for this year’s show. The old beast, which hasn’t yet been named, will be pumping out your designs in glorious techni-colour (well, ahem, three-colour) riso print. You will be able to choose from Yellow, Green, Bright Red, Black, Medium Blue and Fluorescent Pink ink. Embracing all its quirks and limitations we’re going to make this technological relic the star of the show.


THE BRIEF

Submit an A3 (3 colour) poster in your own style inspired by the things you love or hate about modern life and contemporary culture - a visual snapshot of now.  

The mascots and motifs that represent contemporary culture -  the underground scenes, passions, protests and alternative ideas. The accessories and trinkets, the logos and images. Or maybe it’s your personal placard about everything that’s wrong with the world.

Would it work in a collage? Think how this might look in a cut-and-paste riso style, those ideas and images that have hit cult status.

Be as abstract as you want.

What excites you? What’s pop, or what drives you round the twist? Think politics and crisis, celebration and parties, digital overload or mindfullness mayhem .

Think about what we say or where we’re at. New slang or catchphrases that already have cult status. Bumblr profiles and aubergine emojis? Or selling bananas from a pram and walking dogs at the Flea Market.

Think swiping right, must-have tattoos or your curated collection of classic Air Jordan trainers. Big ass bling jewellery, sushi and succulents or an ode to all those damned doughnut shops.

Celebrate late nights, tram lines and cycling half-cut around the city at night? Skateboards, dolly birds, mosh pits or record sleeves. Think about festival fashions, goths and raver subcultures. Or that tragic first time you tried to get in to Berghain.

Be abstract and adventurous, political or serious. It’s riso so no idea is too out-there to try. But most importably embrace the print format, its quirks, and wonderful overprint aesthetic. 

Follow our handy risograph guidelines to help you get the most out of creating riso-ready artwork at this link  here

Submit as many entries as you like but all submissions need to be with us by Oct 25th at the very latest. 

Follow our technical spec below. 
 


30 ARTISTS X 30 EDITIONS X €30

This years show is gonna be cult!  The top 30 entries will be risograph printed by Damn Fine Print in editions of 30, exhibited and sold at our gala event, complete with obligatory drinks, launch party on Thursday 30th November from 6pm and month-long show in a sexy new location, FRAME gallery 53 South William Street.

It’s a 50/50 split between the artist and Damn Fine Print (minus costs of printing). The artist will receive 50% commission and 5 AP's. 

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TECHNICAL INFO / GUIDELINES

  1. Submissions must be sent as a low-res .jpeg file to studio@damnfineprint.com

  2. FORMAT: A3 (297mm x 420mm / Portrait or Landscape

  3. NUMBER OF COLOURS: Max 3

  4. Available colours: Black, Bright Red, Medium Blue, Yellow, Green, Fluorescent Pink

  5. When sending the low-res file please ensure you name is as ‘YourName.jpeg’ and provide a short few lines explaining the inspiration behind the brief 

  6. Submissions must be sent  by the official deadline of Oct 25th

  7. FINALLY please read our handy risograph guidelines link to help you set up your artwork  here

'ELVIS KNOWS' - DFP X EOIN MCCORMACK

Eric Greene

ELVIS KNOWS

Join us for a summer soireé at F R A M E pop up, 53 South William Street, Thursday 17th August , as we showcase 'Elvis Knows' - a visual journey from paint to print by critically-acclaimed painter Eóin Francis McCormack.

One of the most exciting contemporary artists in Dublin right now, Damn Fine Print is proud to present this exclusive collaborative collection of brand new limited editions, all handprinted at our studio and available to purchase on opening night!

A man normally associated with giant canvas images and abstract pop art creations, we asked Eoin to stop out of his comfort zone and join us in the studio to flex his screen-printing muscles.

The result from this 2 week studio residency is 'Elvis Knows', a limited run of prints that utilise an entirely different process from his usual work but share many of the same dramatic signatures - big bold colours and vibrant shades with liberal use of the dot as a key motif of his art.

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The Co Westmeath native likes to impose limits and structures on his work. He describes his process as follows: "I paint triptychs, mix my own paint, fabricate my own tools and use a limited palette of roughly 10 colours."

For this screen printing project, we asked him to impose the same structures and limits but to try and translate them from paint on canvas creations to hand-made multi-layered screenprints in our studio.

He tells us: "Being primarily a painter who works in large blocks of colour I have always believed my work could lend itself to screen printing. I use a limited palette of pastel shades offset by striking vibrant colours. In this series I have two dots, one drawn by hand and the other made using a found object. I like to use found objects or unusual/handmade tools whenever possible, always striving to make unique marks. Ultimately with these prints and with my work in general I am trying to communicate with my audience though the language of art and leaving other language behind."


Images courtesy of Louis Haugh / Darkroom.ie

The French Connection

Eric Greene

a screen-printed festival poster by our awesome guest artists

a screen-printed festival poster by our awesome guest artists

DFP x Arrache-toi un Oeil

Damn Fine Print are proud to present an exciting new show from French art pioneers Arrache-toi un Oeil

The screenprinting duo specialise in print, graphic design and illustration at their studio in Paris with their work appearing on posters, album covers, shirts and published books for dozens of artists. 

Meaning 'Snatch an Eye!', Arrache Toi Un Oeil are illustrators Emy Rojas and Gaspard Le Quiniou.

Their edgy, punk-inspired designs have been used on posters for bands like Sleaford Mods, Jesus & Mary Chain, Sunno))), L7 and The Melvins as well as limited edition posters for events like Hellfest and This Is Not A Love Song. 

Working out of the 11th District in Paris, the pair have travelled extensively with their work appearing in Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Brussels, Geneva and now Dublin.

Over 24 hours on Wednesday August 23rd, we'll let them loose in our studio to print a one-off exclusive limited edition poster. 

Keeping the pressure on, we'll then open an exhibition of their work to the public from Thursday, August 24, to Sunday August 27th. RSVP here

http://www.arrachetoiunoeil.com/

Emy and Gaspard with some of their work

Emy and Gaspard with some of their work

This is not a love song

This is not a love song

THE BIG EVENT

Eric Greene

It's the biggest blockbuster art launch of the Damn Fine Print year - we're bringing together 25 of our favourite artists for a huge movie-themed art party and launch show. 

This is an open invite for you to join us for a few drinks and a chace to preview the new collection. 

We're taking over our next door neighbours Darkroom studio and stocking it with a bar full of tasty Hendricks Gin and Fever Tree tonic, music by some special guest DJs on our lovely new soundsystem and, the main event - 25 new handmade screenprints paying tribute to our favourite movies of the last century in cinema.

All prints will be for sale at our studio shop for just €50 so it's a perfect time to pick up a few chrimbo presents or decorate some bare walls in your home. They're all limited editions with just 30 of each made so choose wisely and you'll have a collectable piece of rare art that'll be the toast of your pals for years to come. 

Among the incredible artists featured are:
Holly Pereira, Chris Judge, Neil Dunne, Jacob Stack, Eric Davys, Emma Lanigan, Tara O'Brien, Enda Bolger, Ruan Van Vliet, Robert Mirola, Ale Mercado, Jacky Sheridan, Simone Smyth, Mickey Chan, Monica Munroe

Vinyl DJs, amazing affordable art, free booze and good times. Join us from 6pm on Thursday December 1st and get the party season started in style.

We'll be posting teasers of the screenprints as we make them on this page over the next few weeks so watch this space and save that date!

CLANDESTINE, An Exhibition of new print works By Neil Dunne

Eric Greene

Damn Fine Gallery proudly presents Clandestine, a solo exhibition of new screenprint works by printmaker Neil Dunne.

Neil is a hotly-tipped emerging talent whose pieces are already much sought after by both tastemakers and respected collectors alike on the Irish art scene.

Clandestine is his latest portfolio of hand-printed pieces and comprises of 5 abstract limited edition works all screenprinted at Damn Fine Print.

Created using a complex series of layers including drawings, photographs and found objects, Dunne aims to mix the abstraction of form and colour with suggestions of structure and architectural influence to spark the imagination of his audience.

By adding gestural mark making to develop depth and scale, these pieces comment on the material world and deconstruct the artist’s physical surroundings as he goes about his work.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday Sept 29th , 6 - 9:30 pm.

Join us for an exclusive preview of this new exhibition.


 

Clandestine will run from from September 29th through to October 26th . 
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 12am-6pm or by appointment.

For further information, please contact kim@damnfineprint.com  or call 0872821969

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: 

Dunne’s art has been exhibited internationally and he has won numerous awards for his work. In 2013 he was presented with the Mary Cawley Travel Bursary to work at Dieu Donne in New York.


He went on to win the AXA Insurance Award in 2014, the OPW purchase award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Student Legacy Prize at the Hamilton Gallery in 2016.

A graduate of Fine Art and Printmaking at NCAD he was also award the college’s prestigious postgraduate scholarship from 2015-2017.

THE BIG SCREEN PRINT

Eric Greene

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

It's time to break out the directors' chairs and join us for a night at the movies. We're putting together a show that celebrates everything great about the cinema and we want your artwork to take the starring role.

The show is going to be called The BIG Screen Print and the cast will include all the greatest visual artists from around city.

You may have seen our work already or got to mingle with the A-listers at one of our end-of-year parties, well this time we're doing it on the big screen, in print.

The idea is this: 20 artists, 20 prints, a red carpet launch in our neighbours swish new Dark Room Studio and spilling out to our cool courtyard on Dec 01 - (we're thinking Black Tie and Gowns right now but that might change to popcorn and beer once we're been covered in paint for three weeks) and a fantastic month-long show from December 1st onwards.

As usual, the prints will be strictly limited edition (call them director's cuts) with all sales split between you, the artist, and Damn Fine Print.

Now, here's the catch.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Beuller

We want your image to pay tribute to whatever film you like, but it can't have the film title in the name. It might be a quote, or a recreation of an iconic scene, it could be a poster for the film or a shot of the leading lady but please no film titles.

It could be Ferris Beuller kicking back in a beautiful red convertible, it might a scene from the Breakfast Club, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting... maybe it’s your favourite Clint Eastwood Movie or a Hitchcock classic.

It might be Indiana Jones swinging from a rope in the jungle on Rocky Balboa downing his eggnog after a tough morning training in those hot little shorts of his.

Maybe you're a huge fan of Unbreakable or you think Point Break really hasn't got the artist respect it deserves from the creative community.

Maybe you just want to call yourself Best Boy or Gaffer or one of the million other daft titles they use in the film world. (Although, be warned, Aidan has already got dibs on Boom Operator!)

Whatever your film, we want you on board. We want to see the best proposals and we want to put them together for The Big Screen Print.

It's going to be the greatest show of our lives and we want YOU to help make it happen.

THE FINE PRINT:

  • All submissions for consideration must be emailed as a low res jpg to Damn Fine Print before September 30th with subject title THE BIG SCREEN PRINT.

  • Size: A2

  • All artwork needs to be TWO COLOURS MAX. This is screenprinting by hand, not hairline registered digital printing. Embrace the artform for all its quirks and limitations and be creative - think about using white ink on coloured paper maybe, or overlaying two colours to create a third.

  • We’ll have a selection of different paper coloured papers apart from white to play with but we want to keep the designs strong and distinct. Maximum image size will be A2 but some prints may be bigger.

  • The Top 20 will be chosen, Director’s decision is final.

See you at the movies!

Damn Fine Print. xxx

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Look After Yizzer Mind

Eric Greene

We wanted to get involved in a project that gave something back to the community around us. Something that a great team of artists could work on that would also have a positive impact on this beautiful city we live in.

When the call came in from St Pat's Mental Health Institute asking if we could do something to jazz up their blank walls and maybe help raise awareness of what they do, we knew we'd found it.

What followed was two weeks of paint, sweat and a lot of laughs.  The show is now open to the public at St Pat's and, in our humble opinion, it's well worth checking out - fantastic big murals by some of our favourite painters livening up the walls of this amazing facility.

The prints are all there for you to see, the staff are always up for a chat and there's also a great little canteen/coffee shop on site for you to grab a cuppa while you're there.

While there we held workshops with clients of St Pat's, unleashed some supremely talented individuals on their walls and got to introduce the arts world of Dublin to this great space. 

If you want to hang your own bit of positivity on a wall at home then you can pick up a handmade screenprint in our Damn Fine Print shop here.

The editions are strictly limited and we've kept them as affordable as possible so that these messages of hope and love will reach as many walls as possible.

More importantly, 25 per cent of all proceeds from the project will go towards funding the facilities at St Pat's, an amazing institution that does some incredible work.

Lastly, here's a few kind words from Edel Fortune, Programme Manager at St Patrick’s, that hopefully give an idea of what the project was all about.

“Damn Fine Print has created a very special space here at the Hospital where staff, visitors and service users can reflect and feel inspired to take positive mental help steps in their lives.  We are delighted to have such talent on show in this space and to collaborate with artists who have been inspired by our message which is to mind your mental health.”  

 

 

Vinyl Love

Eric Greene

The latest batch of record covers for All City music. 

We've been printing a few record sleeves in the studio recently. One of them is this new techno offering from Jheri tracks, a sub label of the mighty All City records. We printed the covers at our studio in Stoneybatter and the records themselves were pressed only up the road on Sheriff Street. 

 Below is a write-up about it from Juno.co.uk. 

By Juno Plus 

 

The recently launched All City offshoot will release the Black Science 12″ from the Technicolour boss.

 

Back in late January we brought news of a splintering of sorts from Dublin’s All City with the launch of Jheri Tracks, a sub-label aimed at dancefloor-focused 12″ output with a regular release schedule. This being All City, it was no surprise that the debut Jheri Tracks release was instead an 18-track compilation issued in digital and the now-defunct MiniDisc format. A 12″ sampler consisting of seven tracks was also released in limited quantities. A second Jheri Tracks release is now on the way, and welcomes Fotomachine into the fold with a 12″ called Black Science due next month. The visual theme of vintage footballers continues with Fotomachine’s Jheri Tracks debut featuring an insert depicting Gil Heron (father to Gil Scott Heron) on his sole appearance for Celtic F.C.

It has been a while since Dean Bryce graced a label with some fresh Fotomachine material, with his time taken up by overseeing the Technicolour offshoot of Ninja Tune which has resulted in some fine music from Levantis, Flo Kupfer and Hieroglyphic Being. In the round of questions and answers that accompanied his highly popular Juno Plus podcast last year, Bryce did hint some new Fotomachine music was being cooked and its evidently been scooped up by Jheri Tracks. A press release for Black Science describes the four tracks as “musical alchemy and Fotomachine’s ode to the weird and wonderful and most importantly the groove.” You can preview al four tracks below.

Jheri Tracks will release Black Science by Fotomachine on April 18.

 

Tracklisting:

A1. Romancer
A2. Patterns
B1. Circular
B2. Black Science

"I'm going to plant an unexploded rocket in the street in Dublin"

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Will St Leger talks art, politics and activism

 

“I knew i was going to be an artist when i was eight years old, very early on I wanted to do animations and I wanted to draw comics.”

“I did my first print job when I was 15,  this sort of pen and ink drawing, went to a printer, I think I paid about £25 and he gave me 100 or 200 black and white posters that all my family and friends filled in the colours on and I sold them for £1 each. I went around to all the shops and sold them as Christmas gifts.”

Early experiments aside, most of Will St Leger’s work has been rooted in political activism. A long-time volunteer with environmental groups in Ireland, it was his involvement with Greenpeace that led to his street art and guerilla-style campaigns that made his name in the art world.

“Around 2000 I started getting into street art. I did a lot of direct actions with Greenpeace and then got involved with campaigns, designing campaign logos and stuff like that.

"After a while they said we’re going to do an action with this building, and we thought it’d be good if we came up with these stencils and stencil our campaign message onto it like ‘Ancient Forest - Crime Scene’ and things like that.

“It was never really subversive or satirical to start with, it was direct. The satire only came later when I was adding my own voice to things.”

Leaving Ireland for ten years, it was the shock of seeing what had happened his home city during Celtic Tiger Ireland that drove St Leger on.

“I came back to Ireland in 2005 and saw a huge, huge chance in Irish society. People would still talk to you, still have the craic, which you couldn’t in London. I liked that but I saw the scrabbling to get on the property ladder that everyone was talking about.

“I felt a little disappointed that people were fetishising luxury goods and talking about shares and property all the time and that’s when the Collins thing came along.

“My artist statement about the Collins piece was about what he would do if he had a day off but because I brought it out at that time everybody read into it ‘Oh it’s a Celtic Tiger thing’. It was actually more about what he would do if he was alive in Ireland today.”

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“Until 2006 or 2007 most of the shows I did were in static gallery spaces and when it came to 2008 I said I never want to do an exhibition again where I just put my work on a wall and people come along to look at it.”

 

“I wanted to do a show where everyone just steals the work on the wall.

"So I went to the Fringe and said, I want to do a show called Art Raid where people come to a gallery and it’s a very fancy space and there’s drinks and an invigilator and security and all that but everybody knows that if the fire alarm goes off then anyone can take any piece of work off the wall.

"It was an experiment in human behaviour and you could write a thesis in it, it was so crazy.”

“After Art Raid I decided, this is what I want to do now. I want to interfere with people’s everyday lives so we then came up with Antics Rogue Show where a team of people picked up shit art and paintings and we pimped them.”

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In recent years, St Leger has moved away from paint and stencil work as his main tools.

Activism and mischief-making remain core themes but his works are growing, big physical structures made with power tools and grinders, sculptures that and installations that  challenge viewers on the street and raise subjects that they may not be entirely comfortable with.

Pic courtesy of Niall Carson

Pic courtesy of Niall Carson

“The Goal project happened because they had seen a piece I did in 2007 where I put 100 fake landmines around Dublin for international landmine awareness day. It was art but also interventionist as well.

“Goal rang me up and it took me literally an hour to think about it. I called them back and said if I’m going to do something, I want it to be this:

"I’m going to plant an unexploded missile in the street in Dublin.

"I had two weeks to do it. It was quite political but it wasn’t directed at any particular country, it was trying to highlight a plight.”

And what's next for the for the talented designer, campaigner, music lover and joker?

He's still keen to stay in the public eye, his interaction with the city around us has become a source of great joy and inspiration for others over the years, paving the way for artists after him and changing public perceptions of how and why we interact with art in whatever form it's presented. 

 

Between scheming and plotting new projects, he tell us he's experimenting with an invisible ink that only appears as pollution levels increase. He's also looking to get involved in the Dublin Canvas project and, with a laugh, a couple of other projects that might take a big longer to come together.

He says with a smile: "I’ve moved into physical work but the most important thing is realism, it has to look really fucking real to me. I have to be fooled by it, I have to be utterly, utterly convinced that this is real."

Get your limited edition Collins Rising print here

Will St Leger X Damn Fine Print presents: Collins Rising

Eric Greene

'Liberty should never be considered a luxury, it is a fundamental human right'

OPENING Thursday, March 10th from 6pm
EXHIBITiON RUNS THROUGH TO APRIL 09 / 12pm-6pm
Damn Fine Print 32 North Brunswick Street Stoneybatter

Just when you've had enough of the Easter Rising hype, Will St Leger reappropriates some iconic images to put Irish politics in its place with an exclusive new edition of his Collins Rising print.

Launching on Thursday March 10, there'll be complimentary coctails courtesy of Teeling Whiskey, a free Risograph print of his Banana Republic image for the first 100 in the door, music by Przem and much more.

In St Leger's own words: "Collins and his fellow rebels fought for freedom, they also won us the freedom to satirise and for that I'm grateful"

Edition is strictly limited to 31 prints.  Pre-orders your right here

Artist statement:

“For God's sake, give me one free night to be a human being!” exclaimed Michael Collins to his fellow rebels in the 1996 film by Neil Jordan. These words became the starting point for my original Collins stencil entitled, ‘Duty Free State’ ten years ago.

From his early twenties, Michael Collins was involved in the struggle for Irish independence. From fighting in the Easter Rising to the negotiations table at 10 Downing street 6 years later, Collins dedicated his life to the dream of an Irish Republic.

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While much has been written about his achievements, I often wondered about what this young Corkonian had to sacrifice to achieve these goals. Ask any committed activist and they will tell you that their cause often comes a personal price. Committed volunteers like Collins never got leisure time, bonuses, holidays or luxury goods. They dedicated their waking hours to defeating their oppressors so others could be set free.

Our little republic is not perfect, but we are not under the dominion of unelected monarchs, we have a constitution and we are free to utilize the tools of democracy, freedom of association, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly. Liberty should never be considered a luxury, it is a fundamental human right.

If Michael had more time after the Civil war, he might have travelled the world, he might have married his sweetheart or raised a family. We might have spotted him striding down the street, shopping bags in hand after buying something nice for himself or girlfriend. My screen print, ‘Duty Free State’ is an aspirational piece of work about a man who missed so much because he cared too much.

Because of men and women like Collins, I enjoy the freedom to satirise icons like him without fear of restriction or the threat of imprisonment and for that I’m grateful.

Michael Collins you deserve one free night off." - Will St Leger

Sign up to attend on our event page here

Edition is strictly limited to 31. Hand pulled screenprint on 300gsm Arches 100% cotton rag, deckled edges // Size 20 x 30 inches / €200
 

LAUNCH NIGHT MARCH 10 / DAMN FINE PRINT / 32 NORTH BRUNSWICK ST, STONEYBATTER, D7

Christmas Flea Market!

Eric Greene

D-day has arrived! We have our Damn Fine Print stall set up at the amazing and massive Dublin Christmas Flea Market at the Point Village! Come one come all for some festive bargains, an incredible atmosphere and plenty of craic!

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