A main reason I have always been taken by art is because it is a chance for artists to be fearless and honest in their pieces. The artist Fin DAC is a great example of this. He allows his art to take the lead and does not confine his creative process to limited standards. Fin DAC’s ability to think beyond the realms of the norm and allow his art to have its own reign shows the true spirit of his artistic freedom. This is his story…..
Where are you originally from and how did you first begin your journey in the art world?
I’m originally from Ireland but have lived the majority of my life in London. My journey into the art world started from a very dark place/period in my life and the necessity to find something to drag me out of it. I would rather have done it another way but I guess I had to have nothing to lose before I realized I had everything to live for.
Tell me about the meaning of your name Fin DAC.
Fin (Finbarr) is my real name. The DAC stands for Dragon Armoury Creative and was the name of my online portfolio for web and graphics work. The dragon logo was originally designed for that but I wanted to use it as my signature for my artwork… I had no idea then that, in terms of my creativity, the art would render everything else redundant.
Many of your pieces have an Asian styled/culture inspired theme. How did this start and what fascinates you about this subject?
My interest in Asian art runs the gamut from Manga through to ancient manuscripts etc. It took me a while to figure out how I could infuse my art with that aesthetic and still make it original. But I found a way of working that suits me and I like the fact that there is nothing sexual or objectifying about my imagery. I have built up a great connection with my models/muses and that definitely adds to the process… as I see us like a weird family unit.
What is Urban Aesthetics? Why did you create this paint style?
Urban Aesthetics is a modern-day take on an old 19th century arts movement called Aestheticism. Something about its sentiment that ‘art need not be didactic but only to present beauty’ struck a chord with me. The creation and evolution of it was all about my desire to not have my creativity defined or stifled by others’ opinions and whether or not my work ‘fitted-in’.
Does Urban Aesthetics allow you to have creative originality and separate you from other urban artists in the street art scene?
My experiences of the street art scene in London had given me this mind frame of being an outsider: I wanted to use that as a positive rather than a negative. Creating a different genre highlighted that I was an outsider but also that I was proud of it. In my head, that took all the power away from the haters and empowered me to be what I wanted to be. It was a bit of a psychological trick but, nevertheless, a very effective one.
What is Beautiful Crime? What role do you play as Artistic Director?
Beautiful Crime is a new voice and entity in the art scene with 3 main strands:
- the ART BLOG: which focuses on all aspects of street and urban, digital, interactive and contemporary art
- the ONLINE
- OFFLINE ANTICS: Curating and putting on art shows as well as collaborations (through our Crime Lab) with other brands giving artists the chance to work with the fashion, music or entertainment industries
I do everything and anything from suggesting content for the blog, offering creative input on site design and layout (I was a web designer before I went full-time with the spray can) to suggesting ideas for brand collaborations (such as live sprays). I also have an insider’s knowledge of what urban art talent is out there, so I recommend artists for both the online shop and the collaborations.
Out of all your different pieces of art, which is your favorite and why?
It is usually the latest piece: simply because in my eyes there is nearly always an improvement each time. The portrait of my estranged daughter that I painted in Vitry Sur Seine, Paris in 2010 is the one that means the most though and I really hope that one day she gets to see it in some form or other.
In your opinion, what defines a street artist? Why do you stay away from the typical street art scene?
I am in no position to define what a street artist is… I leave that to others. For me, as soon as u define something u limit what it can be. Definitions are for people who have too much time on their hands and not enough freedom in their souls
I stay away because I want to live my life to its full potential and not have it defined by people telling what I can or can’t be and what I should or shouldn’t be. That type of negativity restricts the possibility of doing so immeasurably.
What do you want your art to say about you?
Nothing at all. I want my art to speak for itself and find its own place in the world. As a creator I have no control over how it speaks to the world so I shouldn’t expect it to say anything for me either.
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