Street Art for Good People in Hard Times

Maser is one of Dublin’s most respected graffiti artists, who has been painting on both the Dublin and international scene for over ten years. His work always carries a message, be it the simple “Maser loves u” to “love yourself today” and never fails to make his audience, the passers-by, or at least me, stop and say “I love it.” – read an interview with Maser.

So far, Maser has left artworks in London,Germany,Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Copenhagen, Holland, Prague and New York (via).

Maser Street Art
Camden Street, Dublin city centre

Seeing Maser at work on the 1913 Lockout

It just so happens that I’ve seen Maser at work, and didn’t even know it. I’m really glad that a) I saw him make it and (b) I now know who made it. What is ‘it’?


Credit: Colin Layde
Credit: Colin Layde

2013 is the centenary of the Lockout, the industrial disputes that engulfed the nation in 1913, reducing many, many workers to starvation-level hardship. The piece above is a homage to the year that’s in it and the historical events that should not be forgotten, and are a collaboration with renowned French urban artist JR.

I was walking home from work, down Leeson Street to Stephan’s Green, when I saw two men spraying bright colours on the wall, using ladders and big thick strips of tape to make stripes. The next morning when I was walking to work, I saw the completed project. I think it’s great.

Maser’s Anne Devlin

There’s another of Maser’s really close to where I live, on the corner of Meath Street & Carman’s Hall. The image below is a portrait of Anne Devlin, a childhood hero of mine.

Anne Devlin acted as a housekeeper for Republican leader Robert Emmet and was forced to endure brutality in Kilmainham Gaol following his failed rebellion of 1803. Emmet was subsequently hanged (and beheaded, his head stuck on a pike to be made example of) on Thomas Street, and Devlin, once she was finally released from prison where she had been starved and tortured, died in poverty in the Liberties area of the city (which is where I live).

“I was in Kilmainham and I came across Anne Devlin. I learnt about her struggle and came out inspired to paint a picture of her,” Maser said. He was approached the very next day by the organisers of the Liberties Festival, and asked to paint the mural. Coincidence or what? (read more here)

“I had no interest in history as a kid. I paint in pop colours to catch kid’s eyes, so maybe they will investigate further and learn about Anne Devlin or the Lockout,” Maser said (read the rest of this article in Anne Devlin: A Forgotten Hero over on The Liberty website).

Anne Devlin - Jessica Maybury
Anne Devlin – Jessica Maybury

Maser and the Ballymun flats

Here’s another one of his that I really love, which was done on the side of one of the notorious Ballymun flats –

By Maser, Ireland

Here’s footage of the making of the ‘Concrete Jungle Mother Fairwell to your Stairwell Forever’ street art on the flats in Ballymun (in the photograph above). 

  1. Check out Maser on Facebook
  2. Follow Maser on Twitter
  3. Indulge your eyes on Maser’s Flickr photostream
  4. Check out the rest of Maser’s work over on the website.
  5. Maser’s profile on Irish Street Art


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