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Born Dublin, Ireland 1972

Joby Hickey is a visual artist based in Dublin. He was apprenticed to his father, the painter and etcher Patrick Hickey and lived in Dun Laoghaire for most of his childhood. He studied Fine Art in Dun Laoghaire Art School from 1992 / 94 before leaving to concentrate on film studies and work with David Shaw Smith on a series of documentaries.

Since 2009, Hickey has had a parallel research practice into analogue photographic techniques and has developed a unique set of photographic skills. He builds his own cameras from found materials and recycled lenses, makes hand made negative plates and uses analogue production techniques. These processes were honed through trial and experimentation. To date some of the research images have been shown as digital prints in solo shows at Galerie G11, Berlin (2011), Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin (2012) and shortlisted for the first Alliance Francaise Photography Award (2011).


Solo & Group exhibitions

2016          ‘Landscape Rising’ Solomon Gallery. Photography by Karl Burke, Mary Furlong, Kim Haughton and Joby Hickey. Curated by Jennie Ricketts.

                   Solomon Gallery, Winter Group Show. 

2015/16    RHA Gallery, Dublin. Annual Exhibition.

                   Kings Inn Law Library. ‘Cover to Canvas’ group show. 

2013          ‘H2’, Joby Hickey and Sean Hillen, Inspirational Arts. Dublin. Opened by John Boorman.

2012          ’20,000 kilometers’ Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2011          ‘Heliotropes” G11 Galerie, Friedrichshain, Berlin. 

                   Alliance Française Dublin. Short listed for the 2nd photography Award Competition. Joby Hickey, Doreen Kennedy, Roseanne Lynch

                   & Jean-Luc Morales

2009          Green Lane Gallery, Paris, France.

2007          ‘Magic Realism’ Bold Art Gallery, Galway, Ireland. 2006 Dalkey Arts, Dublin.


Commissions & Awards

2016          The Pearse Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin. The Ireland Institute. Commission for 1916 Easter Rising commemoration: 24th April 2016.                              Commissioned to produce large framed photographic works of battle sites from the Rising.

2012          ‘Selling Heaven’ by Brendan McCormack, Poetry book cover. Published by Burning Apple Press, USA. 2012.

2011          Culture Ireland Award, for ‘Heliotropes” G11 Berlin.

2006          Nokia Short Film Award.


Joby Hickey's work is in the private & public collections of:

J.P Donleavy, Ken Loach, Leonard Cohen, OPW, and private collections in Ireland, Tokyo, Brussels, Los Angeles, New York, London & Berlin.

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