UK born painter Fin DAC – standing for Dragon Armory Creative – is respected all over the world, for his bold, large scale figurative murals, featuring geishas with paint-splattered bright masks. Two of my favorite walls are featured here, including one from a rooftop in Hong Kong, and a huge wall with a geisha. After watching him create a provoking piece live at MURAL festival 2014, a collab with female street artist Christina Angela, I fell in love with his bright style, singing colors and empowerment for strong women around the world. Since then, he’s been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, and numerous street art blogs. Needless to say I am enamored with his work. We use similar aspects of the feminine is their highest power, nature, animals, bright colors and figure models.
Fast forward almost a year later, I’m living in Venice, Los Angeles and see him painting a wall down the street from my studio. I stop to chat, engage in a conversation, and (shyly) tell him I’m an artist too. Our conversation has shifted to process, working with models as reference, and how each of us go about creating our figurative paintings. Pulling up some pictures to show him of my Live Embodiment project I launched earlier this year at Big Ass Canvas Gallery, and he mentions he will have some of his models at his first (and possibly only) solo gallery show, and it would be nice to have a stylist to assist in making the models into live pieces. We agreed I would also be a model, and use my studio as a dressing room for the ladies to prepare in before the show.
Styling was a collaborative effort by me and Marissa, with painted masks by Fin. We were lucky enough to choose some special pieces to use for styling from local boutique In Heroes We Trust. Fin also popped over to quickly paint wings on my back to re-create one of my favorite pieces of his, the first piece I ever saw of his in Montreal! Funny how the world moves in cycles. So happy to have gotten to be a part of this project, support an artist I look up to, while having fun and contributing to a larger cause. For everyone who made it out, consider yourselves lucky because according to Fin, he prefers walls to gallery shows, and is likely to continue showing on the streets rather than indoors. Rare showing, still beaming.
Here are some shots taken along the way, by LA-based fashion photographer, Ardy Ala.