Joby Hickey

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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.

To date some of the research images have been shown as digital prints in solo shows at Galerie G11, Berlin (2011), Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin (2012) and shortlisted for the first Alliance Francaise Photography Award (2011).

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
2019 Full Turn, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2016  Landscape Rising, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2016  RHA Gallery, Annual Exhibition
2015  Cover to Canvas, Kings Inn Law Library, Dublin
2013  H2, Joby Hickey and Sean Hillen, Inspirational Arts, Dublin
2009 Whalley Gallery, Belfast
1996 – 2008 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2008 Alliance Francaise, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Dublin
2005 Barbara Dawson Gallery, London

Commissions & Awards
2016 The Pearse Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin. The Ireland Institute. Commission for 1916 Easter Rising commemoration: 24th April 2016. Commissioned to produce large framed photographic works of battle sites from the Rising.
2012 ‘Selling Heaven’ by Brendan McCormack, Poetry book cover. Published by Burning Apple Press, USA. 2012
2011 Culture Ireland Award, for ‘Heliotropes” G11 Berlin
2006 Nokia Short Film Award

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