Aches is one of only four artists commissioned to show at Atelier Maser this year. 

Contemporary muralist Aches, the artist responsible for the now preserved Savita mural painted the day before the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment, will open his inaugural exhibition in the Atelier Maser gallery on Thursday 14 March.

Following a two-month artist residency in the Atelier Maser studio, Aches, known for his ‘glitch’ and RGB style of murals found on the streets throughout Ireland and indeed the globe, will unveil his hugely anticipated new body of work in the recently opened gallery.

His mural of Savita Halappanavar in Portobello – which has since been removed for preservation – became synonymous with the subsequent Yes vote that saw Ireland vote in medical abortion for the first time ever. 

Hailing from Dublin, Aches has been creating work since the age of fifteen.  

Boasting an impressive repertoire of work, he has been invited to design and create original artwork for projects in countries such as Denmark, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Miami, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, England and USA.

For his first exhibition, Aches utilizes his signature style to explore the contradictions that exist in the digital world that we live in today using a limited colour palette consisting solely of Red, Green and Blue (RBG) colour variations to create seemingly digital portraits.

The work itself is centred around the potentially negative effects that are created by communicating through technology on a constant basis. Digital apps are designed to make it so simple to connect with anyone, anywhere, yet in many cases, it actually creates a bigger distance between the people we are the closest with.

Moreover, today’s generation is so used to communicating with friends that are identified by a digital photo on screen, rather than a true representation of the real person.  

It is so easy, and convenient, to be constantly in touch with each other online, however, because we are constantly updated on the lives of our friends - a slight mystery is diminished and almost gives us an excuse not to meet up in person.

Aches has illustrated this idea through a series of handcrafted, pixelated portraits. Taking a digital photo as the starting point, each portrait has been created with the RGB palette.  

For the exhibition at Atelier Maser, the artist invites the viewer to take photos of the work on their phone. The image captured will create a clearer representation of the person in the portrait, less pixelated and more lifelike - therefore bringing the image full circle.

Aches' exhibition opens at Atelier Maser, Block 3, Charlemont St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin on 14 March.

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