I have been involved in teaching photography and related media since 1976.While having been a very early convert to Digital Media I have continued to use various forms of hybrid processes to articulate my vision of the world.
My interests in terms of Photography are very eclectic but would include the body, the landscape, the environment, the everyday and the notion of representing the time continuum.
My practice and research has revolved around the notion of representation of reality for many years. My background in photography and interest in technology informs a lot of my work with large format digital imagery. I have worked extensively in collaboration with other artists in exploring digital imaging and printing, most notably the painter Hughie O’Donoghue, with whom I developed a unique method of integrating digital photographic imagery with traditional painting which has featured in a lot of his work.
My ongoing collaboration with Fergus Martin has been more explicitly about notions of representation of the body using High Resolution photography and large format printing. Teaching: I started teaching photography part time in 1974 in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, I was appointed full time in 1978 and continued to teach analogue photography until the early 90s when I was an early convert to the Digital process first with desktop publishing and then photography and video.
I established the Photography Department in NCAD in the mid 80s which subsequently became the Department of Fine art Media, I took early retirement in 2014 while Head of that Department. During my time at NCAD I also undertook teaching exchanges in Norway, England and the US.
I also lectured extensively over the years to camera clubs all over Ireland and taught a Summer course in Photography each year for ten years at An Griannan Adult Education Centre in Drogheda. I have also tutored private clients for many years.
1972-73 Dublin Institute of Technology (Electronics)
2000-2002 NCAD MFA Media
Recently Retired Head of Department of Media at the National College of Art and Design Dublin.
Selected exhibitions and activities:
2001 Drawing the Line Group Exhibition NCAD Dublin and Limerick
2002 June. Group show at Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin
2003 Janurary. Digital Surface Research presentation in Helsinki
2003 April. Martin & Hobbs show at the Nouva Icona Gallery, Venice.
2003 June . RHA annual exhibition Dublin.
2003 June. Digital Surface Research presentation at Tate Britan, London
2003 October . Martin &Hobbs show at Green on Red Gallery , Dublin.
2004 April . RHA annual exhibition Dublin.
2004 May. Teaching exchange at KNIB Bergen Norway.
2004 November Martin &Hobbs Installation at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2005 December. Full Circle Group Exhibition Temple Bar Gallery Dublin
2005 March .EV+A Limerick City Art Gallery
2005 June. Group show The Orphan School Gallery, Sydney
2005 June Group show at the Rooms, St.Johns Newfoundland.
2005 Nov. Presentation at Sensuous Knowledge conference Bergen, Norway
2005 Dec.1st Digital Imaging Research Expedition to Antarctica.
2008 Nov. Sensuous Knowledge, Bergen Paper on ‘Loss of Journey’
2008 Dec 2nd Digital Imaging Research Expedition to Antarctica.
2009 Aug. One Person exhibition for Kilkenny Arts Festival. ‘Antarctic Prints’
2011 July . Group Show: ‘Myles away from Illustration’ Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Vienna.
2012 Nov. Martin & Hobbs in Group Show ‘into the Light’ Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin.
2013 Jan. Sensuous Knowledge, Bergen Norway. Presented research paper on theme ‘Taking Place-Talking Place’
2013 Feb. Martin & Hobbs in Group Show BOZAR in Brussels .
2013 June. Martin & Hobbs in Biennale de Melle , France
2017 August, Solo show ,Kilkenny Arts Festival, Grennan Mill Craft School
Recent Research projects:
1998 –present : ongoing digital image collaboration with the painter Hughie O’Donoghue. Developed unique method of incorporating digital imagery with painting.
2002 formed artistic partnership with the Painter Fergus Martin styled as Martin & Hobbs to explore large format digital imaging and printing. Ongoing.
2002/3 EU Funded Digital surface in Fine Art Practice, Dublin, London, Helsinki (NCAD Staff)
2005 Sensuous Knowledge, Bergen, Presented research paper on Phd Proposal.
2005 Digital Imaging research expedition to Antarctica,
2008 Sensuous Knowledge, Bergen. Presented research paper on Questioning Qualities.
2008 Return research trip to Antarctica.
2009 on going: 8/16mm film digital restoration project.
2010 /2011 Research into early wax cylinder recordings and their digitisation.
2012-2014 ongoing EU funded project on Contemporary Self Portrait collaboration
with Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden.
2013 Sensuous Knowledge, Bergen Norway. Presented research paper on theme ‘Taking Place-Talking Place’
2017 Working on extensive Glass Plate archive for private client.
Examples of my work are in the permanent collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and the Bord of Works.
Also in private collections in Ireland, UK, France and the United States.