Dale Grimshaw


THE SECOND phase continues of a project, which is on track to create Europe’s largest open air Art Gallery, with the addition of a new and impressive mural to an abandoned cruise liner, which is docked off the North Wales coastline.

The Duke of Lancaster decommissioned cruise liner has become home to variety of different art works, which have been created by artists from across Europe, with the 10th mural being completed this week by London based artist, Dale Grimshaw.

The piece entitled “When two worlds meet, it’s a culture clash” is a gigantic portrait which depicts a young adolescent, wearing war paint. Her penetrating and life-like eyes instantly draw you into the piece. The murals name is also incorporated into the work to give a bold statement.

Grimshaw was offered the opportunity to paint the Duke of Lancaster by an anarchist group called DuDug. The group have been granted permission to paint the ship by the owners. The eventual aim is to transform it into an open air Art Gallery that will become a new tourist attraction for the North Wales Coastline.

Born in Lancashire, Grimshaw, who now lives in Shoreditch, London, describes why he decided to get involved with the project: “Back home in Shoreditch I’m surrounded by all the big names that come to paint, from small illegal stuff, to big authorised pieces. After a while it all starts to feel a little formulaic – so the idea of coming to North Wales to paint a huge ship seemed like a fresh approach.”

Grimshaw’s background could be seen as somewhat different from the Urban Artist stereotype, having studied Fine Art at University.

DuDug Project Director, Maurice comments on why they approached Grimshaw to get involved in DuDug: “Dale Grimshaw has one of the most impressive CVs of any Urban Artist you could name. Having contributed to the leading UK street art festivals, including Supercans and Upfest. He has exhibited his works at many successful solo exhibitions and with his growing success each year, his work has also been included in a number of group shows internationally. These include exhibitions in Paris, Berlin and the USA.”

DuDug began their transformation of the Duke back in August 2012, when the first murals were created by Latvian street artist KIWIE. The first phase saw 8 works in total being created between August and November. The second phase kicked off again on the 22nd March, with a mural created by Bristolian artist Snub23.

Phase two is set to be completed within the space of 8 days, with two more artists visiting the site this week, to leave their murals.