Joby Hickey is an Irish photographer and painter, and the son of renowned artist Patrick Hickey. He graduated from the Dun Laoghaire School of Art & Design, Dublin in 1994. Beginning (and continuing) as a painter, then training in film, Joby eventually developed a very personal and recognisable style of boundary-crossing-photography. A master of form and colour, he strives for sophistication through simplicity, and he plays with time. Joby is not merely a maker of art, he makes his own film and cameras with which to create his art. His often monochromatic works have a cinematic quality which appears to float between the blurred present, the familiar recent and the almost-forgotten.
He aims to capture a sense of spontaneity in a series of unplanned encounters, as seemingly random and meaningful as an unbidden memory or a dream. He speaks of being interested in capturing “a sense of having lost one’s bearings, sense of time..” but his images also convey “the crucial sense of life being lived off-camera” of a back-story and of a strange transience.
His pinhole and fixed-lens cameras are often hand-constructed from diverse and surprising parts, and he often even makes his own film and photographic plates. The resulting images, already surprising and often mysterious despite their familiarity, are then subjected to equally idiosyncratic darkroom chemical processes which certainly bring them closer to painting than anything else.
Hickey’s work is in numerous private and public collections including Leonard Cohen, Ken Loach, Martin McDonagh, Dermot Desmond, and the CEO of Tiffanys’s New York.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 The Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin
2011 G11 Gallery Friedrichshain, Berlin
2009 Green Lane Gallery, Paris
2007 Bold Art Gallery, Galway
2006 Dalkey Arts Festival, Dublin
1999 Old Woolworths Building, Mayo
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Whalley Gallery, Belfast
1996 – 2008 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2008 Alliance Francaise 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Dublin
2005 Barbara Dawson Gallery, London