Vicki Clough Curates

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Sketchy Inc. Photographs turned… sketchy.

Sketchy Inc prints are not your average print. I like to think of them as evolved photographs, or photographs of an evolved, parallel plane…  The artist, Shane O’Connor, takes a seemingly ordinary snapshot of a cityscape, and turns it in to a surreal, fun other realm. Here, colours are distorted, there are strange planets visible in the sky and instead of heads people have.. sketches.

 A native of Galway, Ireland, Shane originally started stretching his sketchy, creative legs around the city’s docks and canals, photographing friends and family, and developing his unique, fun style and colour pallet. Since then, he has gone on to develop his artistic process, and continues to amaze with his panoramas of Dublin city, where he now lives, and has recently added a print of his dog, Bear, to his portfolio.

The prints are vibrant, and full of detail, and Shane has truly honed his almost graphic artistic style to a fine art. Not just for my own nostalgic memories of Ireland but for the genuinely delightful feelings they invoke  I, for one, would love to have one of these fun prints hanging on my wall.

Town Hall, Galway City

from the “something constant under my feet” series

The Arch

I blame the pigeons


You can buy Shane’s art from his website

or, from his etsy site


4 comments on “Sketchy Inc. Photographs turned… sketchy.

  1. Heron Gomez
    November 12, 2012

    Absolutely loving this guy’s art. I scrolled through your blog posts and had all kinds of art-gasms and definitely fell off my chair a few times. You’ve got a really really good eye. I have my own wee blog that features art in Galway too, although it doesnt’ quite analyse and expose particular artists as it talks about artist challenges in recession times. I’d love if you checked it out whilst it is still in it’s infancy –

    • prettypinwork
      November 19, 2012

      🙂 I actually now him from art college. I’ve really enjoyed watching his style evolve and improve over the last decade or so.. Thanks for the kind words. I love what I do because what I do is, in itself, so inspiring.. Happy Monday!

      • Heron Gomez
        November 20, 2012

        Always so heartening to see someone from Art college succeed. I posted one of his links that I found on your site on my facebook page and a Canadian friend of mine was so taken with them that she bought two of his prints on the spot, I love that his work is so brilliantly marketable and attractive.

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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