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Renowned Urban Artist Maser to Create 352walls Mural on Santa Fe College Campus

10/26/2017

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative, in collaboration with Santa Fe College’s Department of Fine Arts, will host acclaimed urban artist Maser from Sunday, Nov. 12-Monday, Nov. 20 at their Northwest Campus, located at 3000 NW 83rd St.

Maser will envelop the college’s two-story Fine Arts Department Building (Building E) with a dramatic mural in his signature colorful, graphic style. The project will be the largest of the more than 30 artworks the 352walls has undertaken to date, and the first public art work produced at Santa Fe College by an outside, internationally-renowned artist.

“We are grateful to the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative for this collaborative opportunity,” said Alora Haynes, Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department Chair. “We look forward to seeing our community's art lovers, as they visit this piece on our campus.”

Under the moniker Maser, Irish-born, graffiti artist Al Hester began painting on the streets of Dublin in 1995. After studying visual communication in his hometown, he went on to establish himself as one of Europe’s leading urban artists. His early work was strongly influenced by typography, lettering and sign painting. Soon after, his style began to transition toward graphic representation and geometric abstractions. Currently Maser’s works demonstrate common techniques, while emphasizing simplicity of form. Combining the linear style of his urban work with his formal art education, Maser creates works that build on his graffiti foundation, exploring a figurative aesthetic that relates to both 20th century artists and spray cans. In recent years, Maser’s body of work has expanded to canvas, video, 3D installations, woodblock prints and copper plated etchings.

His spectacular murals and collaborations with renowned street artists such as JR, Conor Harrington and Fintan Magee have won him notoriety in the graffiti world, while helping to establish him in the contemporary art scene. Maser’s murals can be seen across the world in places such as Africa, Ireland, Israel, U.K., Austria, Germany, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the U.S.

In 2016, Maser was the subject of a major exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone, the gallery founded by one-time Banksy agent Steve Lazarides. Most recently, Maser opened Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer at the National Gallery of Ireland.

An image of Maser may be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesville/24099107688. For more information about the artist, please visit www.maserart.com. For more information about the 352walls, please visit www.352walls.org.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling and 352walls Project Coordinator Raquel Vallejo. The 352walls’ curatorial committee includes Bill Bryson, Anne E. Gilroy, Julia Morrisroe, Craig O’Neil and Kerry Oliver-Smith.

This 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative project is supported in part by Santa Fe College; the Art in Public Places Trust; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Council on Arts and Culture; the National Institute of Urban Art; the University of Florida College of the Arts School of Art + Art History; the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation; Gresham Management Group; Leonardo’s 706 and more.
For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org.

For additional information about the 352walls, please contact Raquel Vallejo at vallejor1@cityofgainesville.org.



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