Islandbridge artist’s Dublin scene’s go viral

by Kim O Leary
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By Kim O’Leary

Artist Jason Yourell has seen his paintings on some of Dublin’s most well-known locations go viral during lockdown.

The artist has lived in Islandbridge close to Inchicore in Dublin most of his life, and he has always had a keen interest in art.

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Speaking to the Dublin Gazette this week, Jason explained how he got into art from a young age: “I’ve always been interested and my mother is creative as well. She writes short stories and poetry and my dad studied art at NCAD, he used to bring home paper and art things and teach me how to draw and paint.”

Indeed, Jason distinguished himself at secondary school with his artistic talents painting portraits and scenes, studying honours art in his Leaving Certificate. “In school the only interest I really had was in art, it just came easy for me,” he explained.

Once he left secondary school, Jason got a job in animation working for a Dublin animation company, working in TV and film. He completed a course in art murals with FAS and also also worked as a teacher with FAS teaching art to students for several years.

More recently he has developed his Dublin series of work where he paints scenes of some of the city’s most well-known monuments and locations such as the Spire and the Phoenix Park. 

“A few years ago I started painting key locations in and around Dublin City, I wanted to show it in a nice light. People have had a very positive response to my work, a while ago I put two of my pieces on reddit and they kind of went viral,” explained Jason.

 “The lockdown has been great to paint portraits of people and dogs. My own dog Ruby and my painting have been lifesavers,” he added.

In terms of his own personal favourite piece, Jason says that the painting ‘Dame Lane’, which depicts two people walking along the lane with umbrellas, is very special to him. “I went into town for this piece the same day as Storm Desmond came down, it was a mad storm and I saw two people walking with umbrellas which inspired me,” he said.

As restrictions finally start to ease, Jason is hopeful he can exhibit his artwork. “I’d love to have an exhibition with just my Dublin paintings. Having an exhibition is a huge milestone for an artist so I’m hoping I might be able to do something in the next year or so,” he said.

Jason’s paintings can be bought as prints at Home | Artwork by Jason yourell (bigcartel.com) and he can also be found on Facebook Jason Yourell Art | Facebook

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