Pop Up Painting’s ‘artist of the week’ is Joe Caslin.
Joe Caslin is a street artist and illustrator who lives and works in Ireland.
The artist gained notoriety when his ‘Marriage Equality’ mural popped up in Dublin city centre weeks before the referendum on the marriage equality was held in May 2015. The five-storey high mural became the emblem for the ‘Yes to Equality’ campaign and has since became an iconic image to represent a move towards LGBT equality in Ireland. Caslin has since travelled between Ireland and the UK creating his black and white murals. The artist uses biodegradable adhesive and paper which allows him to work on historic buildings, which have included the famous Trinity College in Dublin and a 15th Century Castle in the West of Ireland. Caslin’s murals often depict marginalised groups, the artist has recently been working on a series called ‘Our Nations Sons’ throughout Ireland and the UK. The series addresses mental health amongst men from disadvantaged social backgrounds and attempts to highlight the high level of suicide in young males. Caslin is currently working on a mural called The Volunteers, which is a collaborative multimedia piece highlighting the importance of volunteerism in tackling some of Ireland’s most pressing issues, check it out here: http://joecaslin.com/
We will be featuring Joe Caslin’s work all week on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but in the meantime here is a selection of our favourite works by the artist: