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  • Jack Hickey on the Today show 2019

    Jack Hickey on the Today show 2019

    Maura Derrane and Daithí Ó Sé present celebrity chat and lifestyle features, including what to do and watch at the weekend.
  • Cobh artist displayed at National Gallery

    Cobh artist displayed at National Gallery

  • The Irish Times

    The Irish Times

    State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy beside her portrait by artist and Hennesssy Portrait Prize recipient Jack Hickey at the National Gallery.
  • Irish Independent April 8th 2018

    Irish Independent April 8th 2018

    In the frame: Gallery unveils portrait of State Pathologist Cassidy
  • Irish Independent April 8th 2018

    Irish Independent April 8th 2018

    In the frame: Gallery unveils portrait of State Pathologist Cassidy
  • Portrait of Marie Cassidy to be unveiled at National Gallery of Ireland

    Portrait of Marie Cassidy to be unveiled at National Gallery of Ireland

    The Journal April 8th 2018
  • Portrait of Marie Cassidy to be unveiled at National Gallery of Ireland

    Portrait of Marie Cassidy to be unveiled at National Gallery of Ireland

    The Journal April 8th 2018 Part II
  • Irish Examiner Newspaper 03/02/2018

    Irish Examiner Newspaper 03/02/2018

  • WINNER OF THE HENNESSY PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017 - National Gallery of Ireland

    WINNER OF THE HENNESSY PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017 - National Gallery of Ireland

    WINNER OF THE HENNESSY PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017

    My Time, 2017

    Oil on canvas, 57 x 72 cm

    "In my work I attempt to illuminate the emptiness at the centre of human relationships, the inherent lack of meaningful interaction between different people, different sexes and different realities. The open space in the work represents the distance between individuals, the unsaid and the unrequited. It is an example of the void inherent in a modern, socially fractured world, where true human contact has become elusive, almost impossible. They strive to show the hole at the centre, the empty room within, the point where unease begins. My style of painting is honest, by creating places, figures and objects with which the viewer can instantly interact with and not feel detached from."

    Jack Hickey (b.1988) was born in Cobh, Co. Cork. He graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 2011, where his degree show was positively received.
  • The 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize has been awarded to Jack Hickey - Irish Times Nov. 2017

    The 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize has been awarded to Jack Hickey - Irish Times Nov. 2017

    The 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize has been awarded to Jack Hickey for his painting My Time. Its subject is a woman lying, apparently on a bed, her eyes open, a blank green wall beyond her. Sparing in colour, it is rendered with dramatic chiaroscuro.

    The artist says that he was attempting “to illuminate the emptiness at the centre of human relationships”. Born in Cobh, Co Cork, he graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2011.

    The prize is worth €15,000, plus a €5,000 commission for a portrait to be included in the National Portrait Collection. This year for the first time there were two additional prizes of €1,500 for highly commended works. They went to David Hamilton for his portrait Cormac, which he worked on when both artist and sitter were patients in hospital, and Myra Jago for her self-portrait Reflection. Her work demonstrates her interest in “symmetry, reflection and the mirrored image, where filaments of bounced light . . . look as real as their origin, yet remain devoid of substance.”
    This is the fourth year of the prize. A panel of four judges – James Hanley, Niamh MacNally, Patrick T Murphy and Dr Yvonne Scott – selected the winners, and a shortlist of 24 works, from 270 entries.
    An exhibition of the work of all shortlisted artists is on view in the Portrait Gallery of the National Gallery of Ireland until February 2018. The previous winners are Nick Miller, Vera Klute (who was also shortlisted this year) and Gerry Davis.
  • RTE 2017 - Fresh Irish painters: 10 under 30 to watch

    RTE 2017 - Fresh Irish painters: 10 under 30 to watch

    5. Jack Hickey, born Co Cork, 1988

    Hickey paints photo-realist, film noir-ish scenes in which fragments of semi-clad figures or single, significant objects provide clues to angst-ridden stories of lonely nights out and isolated sexual encounters. He graduated from Crawford College of Art in Cork in 2011. Cristín Leach
  • Irish Times by Aidan Dunne

    Irish Times by Aidan Dunne

    "Jack Hickey's fragmentary views of figures in interiors are well judged."
  • Irish Examiner - Saturday 18th June 2011 by Marc O'Sullivan

    Irish Examiner - Saturday 18th June 2011 by Marc O'Sullivan

    "...Jack Hickey displays a level of technical ability beyond that of many recent graduates.
    Hickey, in particular, is the real deal, an artist with a clear vision and the ability to realise it in paint.
    His canvasses - of glimpsed figures in otherwise empty rooms - are some of the best in recent graduate exhibitions."
  • Sunday Times

    Sunday Times "CULTURE" - 24th July 2011 by Cristín Leach

    "New graduate shows raise the question of whether art should be led by ideas or skills, Cristín Leach...
    ...Jack Hickey, at the Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD) in Cork, combined skill with concept in a
    series of intensely atmospheric realist paintings of near-empty rooms with glimpses of their half-dressed occupants."
  • Sunday Times

    Sunday Times "CULTURE" - 8th April 2012 by Cristín Leach Hughes

    "There are no faces, and there's a certain film noir feel to this work.
    It's about the possible significance of those private silences and in-between moments that punctuate our lives."
  • A Buyers guide to Irish art 2015 - Artists to look out for

    A Buyers guide to Irish art 2015 - Artists to look out for

    "recognises artists who have made prominent contributions to art in Ireland and have continued to influence the younger generation of artists"
  • Sunday Business Post 31/08/2014

    Sunday Business Post 31/08/2014