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Austin Hearne’s practice is rooted in photography wherein he explores its possibilities to produce installations, objects and performances that expand the limits of the photograph and indeed the medium. Prints, furnishings, wallpapers, garments and the materials of the painting and decorating industry all feature, carrying his created imagery and weaved narratives which merge fact and fiction, creating worlds, characters and scenarios that may or may not exist.1

Bio & Career

Hearne’s research stems from an analysis of the surfaces, iconography and politics of the Catholic Church, with the churches of Dublin and beyond serving as impetus for works in this show.  The majesty and misery of this institution’s past and present dwells in the exhibition, with Hearne presenting photographs as interior decor and furniture. One of these pieces entitled Slab, a functional painter and decorator’s wallpaper pasting table acts as a storyboard, holding constructed photographs coalesced with archival documentary photos from the artist’s archive. This amalgamation of photographic work spans two decades posing narratives that the viewer can but glean.

Austin Hearne completed his MFA in NCAD in 2016. His most recent exhibitions include Pull The Rug Out From Under The Carpet at The Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2016 with a review in, the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition, The Waiting Room at ArtBox Gallery, peripheriesOPEN 2017 at the Gorey School of Art and two group shows at Solomon Fine Art. He has performed at Room and Livestock. His photobook Butty was included in the Dublin Art Book Fair 2017 at TBG+S. His work is held in private collections across Europe, Ireland and the USA. 2


Appears in

  • Year, Title, City: Publisher (Listed chronologically)
  • The Shrouds, Self Published


Solo exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
  • 2021Slabs, The Complex, Dublin.

Group exhibitions

  • 2021 Queer As You Are – Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
  • 2021 I Am What I Am, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo.
  • 2021 Portico (performance with Satin Shadow) The Complex, Dublin.
  • 2021 A Reluctant Mirage – Games for Artists and Non-Artists – Archive’, NCAD Gallery, Dublin.
  • 2021 Spring Group Show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin.
  • 2020 Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Galleries and Studios, Dublin.
  • 2020 Ceremony, (2 person show with Ann Ensor) The Complex, Dublin.
  • 2020 CovidStoriesIreland, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
  • 2020 Open Submission Exhibition 2020, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
  • 2019 Winter Group Show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin.
  • 2019 Small Night Zine – ARRANGEMENTS’, Pallas Projects and Studios, Dublin.
  • 2019 Silver / Celebrating 25 years of the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,’ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.
  • 2019 Life in Still Life Hollywood Library, Hollywood, Co Down.
  • 2019 Life in Still Life Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
  • 2019 Host’ (Child Naming Ceremony) Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin.
  • 2019 Car Boot Art Fair 2019 Russborough House, Co Wicklow.
  • 2019 Summer Group Show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin.
  • 2019 BODY TALK / SKIN TAGS (in collaboration with Ella Bertilsson), Black Church Print Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin.
  • 2019 Spring Group Show’, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin.
  • 2018 Periodical Review #8, Pallas Projects and Studios, The Coombe, Dublin 8.
  • 2018 Winter Open, Rua Red, Tallaght, Co. Dublin.
  • 2018 PeripheriesOPEN 2018, Gorey School of Art, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
  • 2018 Remains, Pallas Projects and Studios, The Coombe, Dublin 8.
  • 2017 PeripheriesOPEN, Gorey School of Art, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
  • 2017 Winter Group Show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin 2.
  • 2017 Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Galleries and Studios, Dublin 2
  • 2017 Soul Noir, festival of the dark arts, North Great Georges St. Dublin 1.
  • 2017 Livestock, The Complex, Dublin 2.
  • 2017 Summer Group Show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin 2.
  • 2017 The Waiting Room, Artbox, 3 James Joyce St. Dublin 1.
  • 2017 Easter Group Show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin 2.
  • 2017 RUA: Highlights from the 2016 RUA annual show, Solomon Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin 2.
  • 2017 Little Flowers, deAppendix, 30 Ardagh Grove, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  • 2016 Hahahahahahahaha, Mart, Dublin.
  • 2016 Excess Baggage, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow
  • 2016 135th Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Belfast
  • 2016 Still, Curated by Annemarie Kilshaw, The Complex, Dublin
  • 2016 Collective Memory (the past and futures is ours)‘, Curated by Anna Bauer & Benjamin Lee Sperry, Bushwick Studios, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2016 Pull the Rug Out from Under the Carpet, Curated by Lynda Phelan, Abbey Street, Kilkenny
  • 2016 Residues MFA Show, 101-103 James St. Dublin 8
  • 2015 We are nonetheless always under the influence of gravity. Curated by Lee Welch, NCAD Annex Building, Dublin
  • 2015 Gate Europa, Palazzetto Dell’ Arte, Foggia, Italy
  • 2015 Drawing Today 2015, Signal Arts, Bray, Co. Wicklow
  • 2015 NCAD 1st Year MFA Show 2015, Emmet House, Dublin
  • 2014 State of Play, MFA Xmas show, Emmet House, Dublin
  • 2014 UP The Yard 2014, Stoneybatter Guild, Dublin
  • 2013 Made on Monday’, Block T, Dublin
  • 2013 New Axis, Talbot Gallery, Dublin

External links & References

  1. “Austin Hearne—Remains” ACW
  2. “Austin Hearne—Remains” ACW