Artist: Shane O’Driscoll
Medium: Silkscreen Print
Print Work Shop: Black Church Print Studio
“As a relation of the famous Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins, I felt he was the perfect subject for this edition.
Collins emerged as a major figure in Irish politics following the 1916 Easter Rising, due in part to the political vacuum created by the execution of the rebellion’s leadership.
I chose to place him in front of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Collins was present in the GPO during the Easter Rising and this fascinating document represents a significant moment in the foundation of Irish independence. Its words still resonate today, and are often referenced in modern Irish culture and politics.
I used neon orange to introduce a contemporary feel to the piece, and together with green and white, this allowed me to complete the tricolour of the Irish flag. The orange shapes also represent an army camouflage pattern, in a nod to the guerrilla warfare tactics that Collins made use of during the War of Independence.
Finally, I used gold ink to incorporate the crest of the army of the Irish Free State, of which Collins was the Commander-in-Chief until his death in August 1922.”
Having studied graphic design for 3 years I took up printmaking as a creative outlet. Many of my images are photos from travels that have been stripped back to a minimal state with bold colours. Using mixed media and stitching in my work, I like to give my works a personal connection with myself. In a world so easily accessible today and with the saturation of imagery through the web and TV, key landmarks which are synonymous with destinations tend to lose their exotic and individual appeal. By reducing the image to its core value I like to bring focus directly back to its form.
Born in Cork, Ireland, Shane studied Visual Communications at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland graduating in 2009. He is a member of Cork Printmakers and has been recently accepted as a member to Black Church Print Studio. He has exhibited his work throughout Ireland and also in New York and Argentina. Shane was Ireland’s representative artist on a global campaign for Smirnoff Vodka. He has also shown work in The Irish Print Museum and has a number of works in the O.P.W. collection. Shane is also a director of “For The Love Of”, a platform for both emerging and established Irish creative talents, which showcases their work together in one accessible and contemporary environment. As part of which, he has curated exhibitions for Design Week Ireland, PhotoIreland Festival and OFFSET creative festival. April 2014 saw the first show in New York, showcasing 40 artists.