As some critics and researchers have commented about urban art, most of the time the muralists are simply updating classic formats of easel painting or photography. For example, if we talk of stencil art, we cannot help but refer to the photographic image, as one of the most popular formats of this art genre was, and still is, the portrait.
Fin DAC is an artist born in Ireland but settled in London. His career in street art is still relatively short but is characterized by the realization of large-scale portraits with this stencil technique. But Fin DAC innovates in a way that somehow breaks with the conventions of street painting. Because only some elements of the work (overall the fundamental structure of forms) is performed with the stencil (or template) and the rest is painted freehand with aerosol. This technique imbues the artworks/images with an expressive and dramatic power different to anything seen in the genre.
Fin DAC wildly mixes traditional ethnic dress with western fashion for his portraits of modern, pan-Asian or Latina female characters. Painted mainly in black and white with the bodies and faces emblazoned with bright splashes of colour, it’s not uncommon to see his girls with tattoos & stamped shirts or with headdresses, necklaces, bracelets and impossible hairstyles.
Clearly Fin DAC is interested in working with female beauty since it is its main theme, but beyond that, what sets it apart from other muralists and graffiti artists, is how he represents the female figure, the life that imbues it, the play with color, but especially the obsession that he has with ornaments and make-up. He has perfected the art of accentuating what is already beautiful by itself, the human body, but adorned with elements that call for attention and capture the gaze and imagination.