Artist Biography

Shane CrottyBorn 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.

He experiments in various subjects such as architecture, landscape, graphics and abstraction. He uses combinations of mediums and methods in his printmaking, but also painting, drawing and digital design.

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 recent graduates entitled LoughReaction in 2005. Recently he has shown work 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 major group exhibition on the theme of the sea to coincide with the visit to Galway of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race. 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 www.irishart.no 'Out of the West' exhibited the work of Lisa Sweeney, Joe Boske, Leonie King and Hariatte Leander. In 2010 Shane's work was shown in both the Kerry Bike Festival in the Siamsa Tire gallery, Tralee where he won the second prize for his Flann O'Brien inspired picture 'The Bicycle and The Policeman' , and in the Unitarian Church in the Cork Bycycle Festival.

'Europes Edge' was probably the largest ever showing of Irish contemporary visual art in Norway. The exhibition in the University of Tromso contained the work of Brian Bourke HRHA, Mick O'Dea RHA, Eamonn O'Doherty, Rita Duffy RUA, amoung 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.

2013 proved to be a very interesting year and his work took a more personal approach with the work shown in 'Pretty Pictures', a two man show with the painter Dean Kelly. The underlying theme of Shane's contribution was the transformative effect that personal tragedy can bring about to the world around us and within the individual.

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.


Artist Statement

"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.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

‘Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.’

George Carlin (1937 - 2008)

‘Luck is the residue of design.’

Branch Rickey (1881 - 1965)
1999 G.T.I., portfolio preparation course
2001 'Baffle' poetry book illustration
2003 Baffle poetry festival, painting used as poster and publications
2005 Graduated from G.M.I.T. with a National Degree in Fine Art Printmaking
- Cluain Mhuire Degree Exhibition
2006 Exhibited as part of a group show entitled 'LoughReaction'
- Completed a FAS course in Web Design
2007 Galway Arts Festival 2007 'Conflict' group exhibition with Lorg Printmakers.
Clifden Arts Festival Lorg Printmakers Group Show
2008 Founded knifetoagunfightinc.com
2009 'Making Waves' group exhibition The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
2009 'Out Of The West' group exhibiton The Rory Mitchell Gallery, Oslo , Norway.
2010 'Frame X' group exhibition for the Kerry Bike Festival held in Siamsa Tire Tralee, Co Kerry
  'In the Frame' a group exhibition for the Cork Bike Festival held in the Unitarian Church, Cork City
  'Europes Edge - Ireland The Artist and the Island' a major exhibition of Irish art held in The University of Tromso, Norway
2011 'Nude - Blatant Exhibitionism' a large group exhibition for the Galway Arts Festival in The Kenny Gallery
2013 'Pretty Pictures' - Two man show in The Kenny Gallery