Meet artist Shane O'Driscoll: 'For such a small island, we have a massive reach creatively across the world'

Meet artist Shane O'Driscoll: 'For such a small island, we have a massive reach creatively across the world'

Meet artist Shane O’Driscoll.

What’s your background?

I studied Visual Communications in CIT. I also studied fine art printmaking as a module in the Crawford College of Art, which led to me joining Cork Printmakers.

After college I moved to Dublin where I worked as a graphic designer and art director for 10 years.

While living in Dublin I was a member of Graphic Studio and Black Church Print Studio.

My wife, Ann Marie, and I moved back to Cork over a year ago and I focus more on my own artwork now. I make fine art prints and paint large murals and I sell my work in a number of galleries.

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The biggest Ting!!!! I’ve spent the last few days giving the old ESB substation on Caroline Street in Cork a facelift. - I was asked by @brownthomascorkofficial and Cork City Council, as part of the Cork City Centre Rejuvenation project to give it a bit of colour. - This amazing Art Deco building had fallen out of sight in the city landscape and its been an honour to paint it. Massive thanks to the city council, Brown Thomas, @redmond9315 , @gw.joyce, @patmcdonnellpaints, Adrienne and all the team at Brown Thomas in Cork, painter Ryan O Keeffe and everybody else I’ve had the pleasure to work with on this. . There is a selection of my artwork on display and for sale in the table restaurant on level 2 of Brown Thomas. - #corkcity #ireland #mural #art #building #ting #yaycork #colour #pink #art #artdeco #brownthomas #contemporaryart #abstractart #citycentre #urbanart #streetart

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What’s a typical workday like for you?

A cup of coffee and Weetabix kicks off the day while listening to BBC Radio 6. Music plays a large part in my work, so I enjoy discovering new music first thing. I spend an hour or so replying to emails or correspondence.

Depending on the job I have on, I work at home on the computer designing or go to Cork Printmakers if I am making new prints. It’s an open studio, so it’s always good to catch up with people there, as it can be quite solitary when working at home. I’ve recently been trying to keep within the nine-six bracket, as I had a habit of working late.

Tell us about a recent project you have worked on?

In April, Trinity College Dublin contacted me about placing a large print of my work in the foyer of their new Business School building. It’s 9m x 8m and was enjoyable to work on. Being invited to the opening ceremony of the building with artists Richard Gorman and Elva Mulchrone was amazing.

Painting the ESB substation in Caroline Street, in Cork, was another highlight this year. I worked with Brown Thomas and Cork City Council on a project to rejuvenate the street in the city centre. I worked with a great team to paint a bright abstract composition on the facade.

I also designed artwork for the windows of Brown Thomas, and they placed new lighting down the street, so that there is a visual flow throughout the street. It has been great to see the positive reaction from people.

Working with teenagers living in direct provision for an art research project with The Glucksman Gallery in UCC was also an insightful experience.

What’s your design style?

My artwork is mainly abstract with bright-coloured compositions that focus on structure and tension. I also admire architecture and often use the shapes of buildings in my pieces.

What inspires your work?

The art and design scene here is quite exciting and seeing how people grow and share ideas is great. For such a small island, we have a massive reach creatively across the world.

What’s your favourite trend at the moment?

The current focus on sustainability and consideration in materials — it’s a shame that it has taken us until near extinction to appreciate what we have and that it is a trend, but in designing anything, the impact of the product on the planet should always be considered.

What’s your most treasured possession?

Artworks that I have swapped with other artists over time have a special place in our home.

They each have a story and connection to a time and place in my career.

Your favourite designer?

Growing up, Patrick Scott’s work always had an effect on me for its simplicity and strength. I’ve been lucky to visit his old studio, which was an amazing experience. Richard Gorman is another Irish artist that I look up to, I love his choice of colour and composition.

Your dream project?

Sculpture is an artform I would like to explore, so maybe a project involving sculptural forms of my printwork.

Have you any design tips?

If buying an artwork or object for your home, it’s always nice if you can meet the maker or support local. It’s nice to have items that tell a story around you and create conversation, that’s what makes each home unique.

www.mrshaneodriscoll.com

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