-About the artist
Born in Dublin, Ireland,in Shane’s early career he worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist but would soon move to motion design, animation and editing. In Sydney Australia 2001 he changed illustration for oil and started to really investigate his painting. Moving between both technical and traditional visual arts the artist has established a particular style and consistency in his work while working with a wide range of mediums. The self taught artist and film editor manages to categorize his work with various styles of interesting compositions though painting and filmmaking.
Shane eventually worked his way to working as an online editor for a broadcast media learning all the elements of post production and film. Deciding for something different, he left for Thailand and was lead photographer & Co Director for a documentary feature film project with Good Dog Films. This first film would later win several international film festivals and won him a nomination for best editing at the IFTA’s in 2009.
The artist’s oil work has appeared in articles in the Sunday Business Post and other Irish press including Ireland’s Tattler magazine (listed as an artist to watch) and in the Evening Heralds, ‘rising star’ article in Dubliner magazine 2012. More recently he was featured in the in literary publication the Sand Journal in Berlin and IKONO TV, A Berlin based visual arts media channel. The artist was also interviewed for ART CONNECT, Berlin’s largest art community website.
Between 2005 and 2010 Shane worked as an artist facilitator for various joint community and social research projects. where he was designing workshops for young people interested in arts and film making. Projects like the Artist in Residence in The BASE in Ballyfermot involved the National Education Board, National Youth Council and Dublin City Council working with young people on short films and animations. Other groups include, The Young Peoples Advocate (Y.A.P.) with research carried out by Dr Angela vale (U.C.C.). The Ombudsman for Children and St Pat’s School in Mountjoy Prison. The Ombudsman worked with the artist and inmates from the prison on a paper that researched the civil liberties of young people (under 18) in an over 18’s institution. The resulting project effecting major changes for young people within the prison system
I think I have always been comfortable with images and creating what I think a good and interesting compositions but I am also always open to new techniques and new influences. Mostly I’m driven by a passion for creating story lines through Images, painting and filmmaking.
This Directing and editing showreel includes Fail (short), Fight or Flight (feature), Red Bull Fox Hunt (Viral), Tragedi de Panissi (Short).
Fight or Flight is a feature documentary that explores an Irish man’s physical and psychological journey through the art and culture of Muay Thai Boxing in Thailand.
Nominated for Best Editing, Fight or Flight at IFTA (Irish Film and Television Awards) 2009
Winner: Best Foreign Documentary – Long Island Film Festival, New York (2008)
Winner: Best Documentary: Radar Hamburg International Film Festival (2008)
Winner: Best Documentary for Artistic Expression: TVIFF Film Festival California (2008)
Winner: Best Documentary “Making a Difference Award” : Commffest Toronto (2008)
Best Feature Films Showcase: Moving Images Film Festival (2008)
Nominated for MAMA Awards: MAMA Awards Ireland (2008)
Nominated for Best Documentary: BIFF Wisconsin (2008)
Most of these paintings have resulted of having had the opportunity to live and travel to other cities as urban scenes are a common thread in my work. These paintings are focused on spaces filled with steel and glass with reflecting lights and hard surfaces, capturing fleeting moments of the city.
The work is motivated by the challenge of rendering a unique perception of the image, most commonly a photograph. It’s not strictly photo realistic but rather a more stylized image. Loose sketched paint is layered up to a detailed working of the subject, all the time striving toward precision with meticulous and methodical painting.
The main focus of this abstract work is to using bold color in forms of shapes while scraping, removing and rebuilding the paint. It’s escape from my ‘reality’ type style of painting and it’s a very loose way of working. I find it very expressive and enjoyable and its an ongoing part of my work. It separates me from my usual restrictive detail and opens up new avenues in my thoughts and processes of working.
A while ago I didn’t have time to paint so I started messing with around with stencils and aerosols. I ended up getting a loan of a warehouse through some good friends in Kreuzberg while in Berlin and I got stuck into making some work. As I started to play around it came apparent that it was the colour mixing that was really pushing me.