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

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt September 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

hi, have been looking through your portraight portfolio, there drawings are amazing!!, love them all particularly the madc.
do i have to come to the gallery or are you able to give prices on line or telephone, my telephone number: 07958 962 901

kind regards,
matt

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janet may September 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Brilliant drawings ~ wonderful story!!!

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barbara pamplin October 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Amazing story ! good luck John

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C.A. Chase January 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I heard about John on the BBC this morning before dawn in the middle of a snowstorm in Minnesota, and his story reminded me of all that I miss from London. Great story. Great art. Keep in going. God bless George the dog. peace.

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Sher February 2, 2014 at 1:12 am

Is the exhibition still on at Howard Griffin Gallery? or any other galleries?

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Street Art London February 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

John Dolan is represented by Howard Griffin Gallery. So head over there and get in touch with them if you are interested in Dolan’s work.

Courtney Joseph May 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

i’m a door supervisor at the Macbeth, saw John drawing early hours one morning always saw him and his dog gave him £5 he chose two drawings to give me one being of george (which I wanted) and the other a robot doorman he would not let me take just any as someone who draws also I respect him highly for that.

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Alan Bush July 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

Love jJohn Dolans drawing have you any for sale now please details and prices Thank you

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carol veitch July 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

What an incredible and inspiring man, I watched him on this morning and he was so interesting to listen to and it proves that everything so negative that happened to him can be fully turned around, it gives other people who are in similar circumstances can turn their lives around, a very well done to you John and a huge tickle on the tummy for the lovable George xx

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Alan Bush July 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

Hi could you if possible send me a list of Johns originals you have for sale with prices please

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Caroll Harrison July 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Read about John Dolan and George traded for the price of a beer and the responsibility he felt towards George. I’m really pleased for John and George and to know they have a better life. His art is uniquie, not something I might buy, but I am happy that he’s now made a go of it. Congratulations John Dolan and hugs and love to George.

Born in Reading, somewhere west of Reading, now living in Ontario, Canada, “across the pond.”

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Rosemary Cawley July 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Just seen the first of you on Facebook and followed it to this story really amazing well done.

PS love you dog.

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David August 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

Lovely drawings, great story and a brilliant dog!

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Polly August 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

Just heard you on Radio 4 and your story really touched my heart. So wonderful. Good luck with your exhibition

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Loris August 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

Listened to John’s great story on Radio 4 this morning and checked him out on Google straight away. Love his work and will definitely visit the exhibition.

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