Born in 1981, he grew up in the Galway towns of Woodford and Loughrea. He has studied at G.T.I., the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Cluain Mhuire where he specialised in Fine Art Printmaking. Concerned with various subjects such as architecture, landscape, soc… Read More
Born in 1981, he grew up in the Galway towns of Woodford and Loughrea. He has studied at G.T.I., the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Cluain Mhuire where he specialised in Fine Art Printmaking. Concerned with various subjects such as architecture, landscape, social and political themes, he combines mediums and methods throughout his imagery to create a graphic and abstracted style.
His work was used as an illustration in a poetry book published by Baffle, for the annual poetry festival in Loughrea in 2001 and again in 2003 when his work was chosen for the festival's poster and publications. Shane exhibited paintings in a group exhibition of local graduates entitled LoughReaction in 2005. His work was shown in Conflict, a group exhibition with Lorg Printmakers as part of the Galway Art's Festival 2007 and also during the Clifden Arts Festival 2007.
In 2009 he took part in 'Making Waves' in The Kenny Gallery, a group exhibition on the theme of the sea to coincide with the visit to Galway of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race. Also in 2009 his work was selected to take part in a showcase of west of Ireland artists in The Rory Mitchell Gallery , Oslo, Norway. In association with Irishart.no 'Out of the West' exhibited the work of Lisa Sweeney, Joe Boske, Leonie King and Hariatte Leander.
In 2010 Shane took part in exhibitions 'Frame X' in the Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee, Co Kerry and 'In the Frame' , Unitarian Church, Cork, a series of bicycle themed exhibitions where he showcased work based on The Third Policeman, a book by Irish Author Flann O'Brien.
The exhibition 'Europe's Edge' featuring the work of leading Irish artists and emerging artists took place in Tromso University, Norway in December 2010. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the 7th Biennial International Conference of Nordic Irish Studies Network and in association with Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy. Shane exhibited alongside such notable artists such as Mick O'Dea RHA, Rita Duffy HRUA, Eamonn O'Doherty, Brian Bourke HRHA, and others.
In 2011 he took part in a major group exhibition in The Kenny Gallery for the Galway Arts Festival. 'Nude - Blatant Exhibitionism' alongside John Behan RHA, Brian Ballard, Katerzyna Gajewska, Mario Sughi, Dean Kelly, Jennifer Cunningham, Brian Ferran and others. The theme of the exhibition was the nude and showed the variety of interpretation on this enduring theme. Read Less
He is influenced by the work of Gerhard Richter, Hughie O'Donoghue, Marcel Duchamp, Anselm Kiefer, Jean Dubuffet, Sean Hillen, Robert Ballagh, Andy Warhol, Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Some of the ideas I try to express in my works abstract prints come from a less traditional approach. Seeing the similarities between the scientific, artistic and symbolic aspects of human nature, I tried to adapt similar methods in my artwork. Using elements such as graphs, grids and geometry, and juxtaposing tho… Read More
Some of the ideas I try to express in my works abstract prints come from a less traditional approach. Seeing the similarities between the scientific, artistic and symbolic aspects of human nature, I tried to adapt similar methods in my artwork. Using elements such as graphs, grids and geometry, and juxtaposing those to natural and organic forms like splashes, stains and random marks representing our need to document and contain our perceptions and understanding of the world around us.
The process of printmaking is an exhaustive combination of preparation, technical knowledge and technique to reach a visual conclusion. This could be seen as a link between visual and scientific enquiry, between technology and the artistic. When working within the digital medium, I feel the process has evolved and is an extension of the traditional printmaking methods.
Using various source materials such as photographs, drawings, prints and painting, I build them up in layers and using effects to combine the elements until the image emerges. It is a very creative and experimental way to work and the creation of the design has a very organic and evolutionary nature, despite the obvious use of technology. The interactions of each layer to other layers above and below it, altering an area which I am happy with can change another part that is affected less favourably.
This gives a lot of room to unpredictability, with my initial idea for the image changing dramatically throughout. The level of control that you are afforded, allows the infinite nature that you are given, to be reined back to the original ideas. It is a very powerful tool, but a tool none the less. Art comes from the artist, not from the material, and can not be dismissed."
The theme of my works shown in the exhibition ‘Making Waves’ , ‘Marching from the Mouth’, ‘ Bay of Souls’ and ‘The Journey Leaves Many Things’ is the movement and change of cultures, its symbols over time and distance.
My series 'The Third Policeman' are a series of images based on the book by the same title by the Irish author Flann O'Brien. It is a tale of science fiction, rural 1950s Ireland, and the sneakiness of bicycles. The images are a mixture of digital print and traditional printmaking known as Tra-Digital Print.
My work in this show deals with the transforming effects that tragedy can bring about. The death of a loved one can be a very difficult time and it is this process of change that defines our lives. These liminal phases, when something is neither here nor there, one thing or another, transports us into another landscape. It is a place full of unexpected beauty where violence and darkness walk hand in hand with love and kindness. Life is ethereal and transient and our attachment to and personification of objects, evokes strong memories that can reconnect us to what we are.
Printmaking techniques used include monoprint, intaglio, digital print, and photography. The nature of the collagraph and drypoint methods lends well to the subject matter. The wooden plates are very delicate. They degrade and change quickly while working on them and making the editions, sometimes unpredictably so. By mixing this with more contemporary techniques, drawing and gold leaf, I hope to create work that have a photographic dimension with a more tactile and handmade effect.
The subject matter and imagery I have used range from places such as Croagh Patrick, Brighton Pier, Auschwitz, cemeteries, and war memorials, alongside work dealing with passing celebrity, religious iconography, modern society, wildlife and floral images.
The central theme to my 'Pretty Picture's' is change. Generally my work before this, combined many ideas, some obvious, into one image. What I have tried to do with this body of work was to simplify the images or narrow their focus. The various motifs have been separated and are now presented individually. It is this change in myself and my work that is now obvious with hindsight.
Dedicated in the Loving Memory of Shane Mc Inerney
“Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world."