CORK artist ‘fin DAC’ has been immortalised in history after his work was chosen to appear on Australian stamps.
The artist was contacted by Australia Post after he created a mural in Adelaide in Australia while visiting in 2015.
Australia Post was putting together a collection of stamps with the best street art in the country and fin Dac, was the only non-Australian resident to feature in the final selection.
Late to professional artistry, fin DAC transitioned from a hobbyist to an artist in his late 30’s during a messy break-up with his partner of 10 years.
Fin DAC said: “It was a very stressful situation and I regressed back to my teenage days of painting It’s like meditation, it helps you forget about everything. It offered me peace of mind and cleared my head while also giving me an end product.
The artist, who now travels around the world creating art on streets and buildings said he had no plan to become an artist, although he did dabble as a teenager in street art.
“I used to paint on the White Street car park on Grattan Street. We used to call it ‘The Walls of Fame’.
fin DAC said he thinks graffiti has a bad name which is not necessary: “It is associated with anti-social behaviour, but there is a lot more to it than that. Just consider what these people will do if their outlet is taken away.
“I think graffiti is a good outlet, it keeps these people busy on the streets.” Although the Corkonian has work on display all over the world, he has just two pieces of work in Ireland, the Kino mural in Cork and a U2 mural on the side of The Gibson Hotel in Dublin.
However, it looks likely that Fin DAC will have more work on display in Cork in the coming months and years.
“I have been in talks with the Samaritans to create a mural in Cork, we are just trying to find a wall that will suit at the moment.”