Exhibition: George the Dog, John the Artist

11 Sep ’13

Show by artist John Dolan
Dscreet, Liqen, RUN and Thierry Noir 

John Dolan is an artist that all who live and work in Shoreditch, East London are familiar with although they may not know his name.  They will do soon as Dolan is preparing to launch his first solo exhibition on September 19 at the Howard-Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Street. Dolan will be supported in the show by over 35 of the world’s best known street art and graffiti artists.

For the past three years Dolan has sat every day with his dog George on Shoreditch High Street documenting the surrounding architecture, elevating the old, decrepit buildings that are so often ignored and under-appreciated. Dolan says that “I wasn’t a building drawer. What happened was I was sitting opposite the buildings that are on the other side of the road from where I usually sit, the old decrepit buildings, and I started drawing them to practice and get it right. I thought I would do it with these ones because they’re rotten old buildings“.

ROA and Thierry Noir:

Show by artist John Dolan

Show by artist John Dolan

John Dolan has lived in London his whole life and has been drawing on Shoreditch High Street for the past three years. In the past, he has been in and out of prison and often found himself homeless. These days, Dolan is greeted by the likes of Gilbert and George as they walk past.  George the dog has also garnered iconic status in Shoreditch and the pair have been inseparable ever since Dolan inherited him from a somebody who bought George as he recounts “for the price of a strong can of lager off a mad Scotsman“.

Dolan’s raw portrayals of the street lead a viewer to reconsider something that to them is merely a backdrop to their day. At the same time, he highlights how too often people living on the street are invisible to those walking past them. Dolan’s work asks us to open our eyes and see this city for what it really is. Dolan’s emphasis on repetition allows a unique insight into the changing face of what is now a highly fashionable, gentrified area. He represents the old Shoreditch, the unseen side that lies just below the surface.

ROWDY :

Show by artist John Dolan

An interesting facet of Dolan’s work is the way in which he documents the street art and graffiti that came to make Shoreditch the cultural capital it is today. For this exhibition, he has worked with some of the world’s best street artists including ROA (BE), Steve ESPO Powers (US), Sever (US), Gaia (US), David Walker (UK), Stik (UK), Nomers (RU), Maser (IE), Thierry Noir (FR), RUN (IT), Zomby (UK), Christiaan Nagel (ZA), Ian Stevenson (UK), Martin Ron (AR), Liqen (ES), Ben Wilson (UK), Dscreet (AU), Pablo Delgado (MX), MadC (DE), CEPT (UK), C215 (FR), BRK (ES), Michael De Feo (US), Ronzo (DE), Malarky (UK), 2Kold (UK), DALeast (CN), SNOE (UK), Faith47 (ZA), Agostino Iacurci (IT), Broken Fingaz Crew (IL), Hitnes (IT), Cityzen Kane (UK), Flying Fortress (DE), INTI (CL), Pelucas (ES), Rowdy (UK), SWET (SW) and others.

A street artist in the traditional sense of the word, Dolan identifies with this new generation of street artists and them with him. These artists have collaborated with Dolan by working directly onto the walls of his drawn cityscapes, creating unique pieces.  The drawing that forms the focal point of the collaborations is Dolan’s interpretation of the Shoreditch skyline which takes in such ancient Shoreditch institutions as Chariots yet features the encroaching skyscrapers of the City just behind it, a hallmark of the rapid gentrification that Shoreditch is undergoing.  Ostensibly a solo show for Dolan, George the Dog, John the Artist will also in effect be the biggest street art group show of recent memory, bringing a unique group of artists together to document both the constant and the ephemeral in a city that is ever changing.

GEORGE THE DOG, JOHN THE ARTIST
19-26 September
Opening 19:30 19 September
Howard Griffin Gallery
189-190 Shoreditch High Street,
E16HU, London,
United Kingdom

Enquiries: info@howardgriffingallery.com

Some of Dolan’s collaborations are reproduced below.
There will be over 30 of these in the show as well as many new original works from Dolan.

Dolan (& George) collaborating with ROA:

Show by artist John Dolan

Show by artist John Dolan

CEPT:

Show by artist John Dolan

George in CEPT’s studio:

Show by artist John Dolan

Collaborating with Stik:

Show by artist John Dolan

Show by artist John DolanCollaborating with Martin Ron:

Show by artist John DolanDolan with Martin Ron

Show by artist John DolanMadC:

Show by artist John Dolan
Malarky:

Show by artist John Dolan
Michael De Feo:

Show by artist John DolanGaia:

Show by artist John Dolan
BRK, RUN, Thierry Noir and Zomby:

Show by artist John Dolan

Show by artist John DolanGEORGE THE DOG, JOHN THE ARTIST

19-26 September
Opening 19:30 19 September
Howard Griffin Gallery
189-190 Shoreditch High Street,
E16HU, London,
United Kingdom

Enquiries: info@howardgriffingallery.com

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