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Punk and DIY Art by Ronan Boyle

A mixed media  artwork depicting a number of male dancers in coattalesderein


Ronan Boyle, our featured artist today, creates work that is heavily influenced by punk and DIY art styles. Ronan is a self-taught artist. He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Vancouver, BC.


A screen capture of the front page of Ronan Doyle's

A mixed media artwork depicting people wearing pig face masksUntitled

Ronan’s works often incorporate elements of collage and street art, left with a certain hasty, unfinished edge to them. This is in keeping with the DIY art ideology, which upholds anti-consumerist, do-it-yourself craftsmanship. He frequently uses spray paint, tagging his own images with random shapes or cryptic messages, sometimes blacking out the eyes of human subjects and cutouts. The paint is allowed or encouraged to drip downward, pulling at the image and adding a weathered aspect to many of the images. Ronan’s paintings are unpolished, but aggressive.


I like the way Ronan sometimes combines text with his images, creating a feeling of scrawled graffiti. Sometimes this seems like a purely aesthetic choice while other times the text add conceptual layers to the image. 


A mixed media art piece depicting part of a Tibetan sky burialUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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