Carrickfergus mural a stroke of genius

Dank — real name Dan Kitchener — jetted in to give a facelift to a town centre building graffitied with the words ‘RIP GFA’ — a reference to the Good Friday Agreement.

The Londonder’s unique artwork is created through freehand spray paint.

He never uses grids, stencils, guides or projectors, and he works alone, with no one assisting him.

His talents have seen him become one of the leading figures in street art, painting huge murals around the world in the States, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia.

Dan has also worked with superstars in the music business including Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Fat Boy Slim and Miley Cyrus.

In a social media post revealing his Carrick mural, he said he was “exhausted” but added: “I love the sky. That’s my favourite bit.”

He continued: “Mural finished. Crazy long sunny day finishing the mural here in beautiful Carrickfergus.

“I loved painting this. Everyone’s been super-friendly and welcoming as ever in Ireland. I love painting here.”

Praise was heaped on the artist, who has tens of thousands of followers online, with one person replying: “Oh my God, one of your best Dan. That sky.”

Dan was working with Northern Ireland Alternatives to create the new mural, which was funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) through the Peace Impact Programme.

IFI chair Paddy Harte said: “This project has built up momentum and support in the town through regular community engagement with those that feel that the peace process has left them behind.

“With the support of our Peace Impact Programme, people are given confidence and the skills required to develop leadership at a grassroots level, enabling positive change for local communities involved.

“Thanks to this partnership with Dank, a once negative space has been transformed into an inspirational, thought-provoking piece of art that will create a positive legacy for everyone in Carrick town centre to enjoy.”

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