By Abigail Yue Wang
New Shoreditch skyline collaborations at Howard Griffin Gallery, 17 July, 2014.
John Dolan used to be a name that was less welcome for east London. He’s a man with a turbulent former life, a man with a dog named George, a man who lives and breathes a city’s past and present by sitting on the street and talking to passers-by everyday. All of these have now formed the man into one of the most renowned street artists today’s east London could see. Howard Griffin Gallery presents new original works and prints by the artist, in which the artist explores his inner journey with his companion George. Including his portrayals of George, Dolan’s drawings are infused with honest energy. His work dreams in lands where creatures and doodles take over the skyline. Within the microcosm of Dolan’s cityscape, chaos and order are at war. The exhibition also marks the publication of the artist’s autobiography, which reveals his artistic life from survival to redemption.