Shane Crotty

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
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 ‘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.
2012 saw the largest body of work shown to date with a two man show
with close friend Dean Kelly in The Kenny Gallery. ‘Crotty & Kelly’s Pretty
Pictures’ was a marked departure and explored themes more personal to
him. The main theme that ran through the work was the transformative effect
tragedy can bring about and its affect on how we perceive ourselves, our
time here and the places we inhabit. Typically a subtle narrative winds its way
through works of varying styles and printmaking techniques, both old and
Between 2013 and 2015 Shane has been heavily involved with Galway
Print Studio (formerly Lorg Printmakers) in Galway, taking part in group
exhibitions and is currently a serving board member of Galway Print Studio.
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.


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