Australian Artist Fintan Magee was part of the 11 artists that participated in the first edition of Nuart Aberdeen festival, which took place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April. Nuart Aberdeen was brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival and developed in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council.
Entitled “The Broken Wall”, this mural, painted in the Aberdeen city centre, depicts three locals standing on top of a broken wall. According to Fintan, this mural is painted in the context of the Trump Presidency, Brexit and the rise of Le pen and other far right figures in Europe this piece acts as a protest against Trumpism and those who wish to build walls and divide us.
“In 2008 the Scottish government approved a Donald Trump Golf Course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Development has been a disaster, destroying hundreds of acres of sand dunes and pristine natural coastline while forcing locals off their land and delivering only 98 of the 6000 jobs Trump promised to the local economy. Trump also ended up in a public battle with a number of the local farmers who refused to sell their land, claiming the farmer’s homes were ‘slum like’ and would spoil the view from his hotel he regularly cut off their water and electricity and eventually built and wall and row trees around the homes blocking their views. People in Aberdeen now fly Mexican flags around the golf course to protest trump and his actions.” – Fintan Magee.
Fintan Magee is an Australian street artist known for hus murals throughout Australia and the world. Born in Lismore, New South Wales, he grew up in Brisbane, gaining a reputation as a graffiti writer before obtaining a fine arts degree and relocating to Sydney.
His work often deals with environmental issues, in 2015 his solo show at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne was themed arounnd his own personal experiences in the 2011 Brisbane floods. He often uses personal stories to talk about broader issues like climate change and the migrant crisis.
About Nuart Aberdeen
Brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival and developed in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, Nuart Aberdeen will provide a platform for local, national and international artists to showcase their work through a series of site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions.
The festival took place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April (Easter Weekend) and was supplemented by a program of talks, presentations, film screenings, walking tours and workshops over three days.
Nuart Aberdeen seeks to reveal how Street Art can create an environment for a more imaginative use of public space, something Nuart has been dedicated to realising since its inception in 2001.