An Post have announced that Maser will be one of four Irish street artists to be celebrated with a series of exclusive new stamps.
In a press release, An Post said: “The stamps (€1) feature the work of leading exponents of the contemporary art form which had variously been described as ‘guerilla art’ or just plain ‘graffiti’, including Maser, Conor Harrington, Fin DAC and James Earley.”
“Created by Dublin-based Aad Design, the colourful four-stamp strip, First day Cover (envelope) and unique prestige booklet containing 16 of the new stamps can be purchased at main post offices, at the stamp counters in Dublin’s GPO or online at irishstamps.ie.”
Maser’s street art went viral last year when his pro-repeal mural became the focus of anti-choice campaigners’ energy, ultimately leading to its removal from the Project Arts Centre wall.
While the mural did meet its untimely demise, it lived on on the cover of GCN Issue 321, in an augmented reality app, and on the T-shirts and other memorabilia that can still be purchased from The Hunreal Issues.
“Maser, originally from Ireland but now resident in the USA, began painting street art around the streets of Dublin in 1995. His unique abstract style soon earned the respect of his peers and brought with it an international reputation.”
An Post is recognising the intrinsic value of this form of contemporary art which allows a direct line of communication with the public in Ireland.
“What began as visual art in public locations without permission has quickly grown to become a leading art form in its own right.
“Urban street art is now a feature of the modern urban landscape allowing artists to communicate directly with the public without the restrictions of the formal art world or the need for gallery space. In recent years, street art has itself become mainstream with leading exponents like Banksy getting public attention.”
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