John Dolan/ John Dolan

United Kingdom 1971

Street Art

John Dolan
John Dolan
United Kingdom

John Dolan, is one of East London’s most notorious artists. For three years Dolan sat every day with his dog George on Shoreditch High Street and documented the surrounding architecture, elevating the old, decrepit buildings that are so often ignored and under-appreciated. In the past, Dolan was in and out of prison and has experienced homelessness for the past 20 years. Dolan’s raw portrayals of the street lead a viewer to reconsider something that to them is merely a backdrop to their day. At the same time, he highlights how too often people living on the street are invisible to those walking past them. Dolan’s work asks us to open our eyes and see this city for what it really is.

He grew up in Islington. Apparently he’s a big fan of Gilbert and George, Jackson Pollock, Robert Crumb, and famous London based  street artist Stik. Dolan’s also into watching box and when it comes to music taste Springsteen is one of his favorites.

When it comes to mediums used for his paintings, Dolan prefers pilot pen, blind drawing. He takes the pen straight to the paper and rarely uses pencil. He’s fan of the grimy looking and old buildings and  spends more than a month to sketch the big pieces, and the small building drawings that I sell on the High Street take up to two hours.

In 2013, John Dolan started working with street artists including ROA, Stik, Thierry Noir, RUN, Zomby, Christiaan Nagel, Liqen, Dscreet, Pablo Delgado, CEPT, C215, BRK, and others. A street artist in the traditional sense of the word, Dolan identifies with this new generation of street artists and them with him. These artists have collaborated with Dolan by working directly onto the walls of his drawn cityscapes, creating unique pieces, which were exhibited in his solo show, “George the Dog, John the Artist”in September 2013 at the Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch, London.

John Dolan’s first exhibition entitled “George the Dog, John the Artist” in September 2013 was a sell out success.  This exhibition saw Dolan present new original works in a gallery setting for the first time and collaborate with over 50 of the worlds most recognizable street artists and graffiti writers. Since this debut exhibition, Dolan has been commissioned by organisations such as The Big Issue Foundation, UNICEF and The Musuem of London.

Dolan currently lives and works in London, UK.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014George the Dog John the ArtistHoward Griffin Gallery LondonSolo
2013John and GeorgeHoward Griffin Gallery LondonSolo