Colin Crotty

born in Waterford, Ireland 1974 and currently lives in Dublin. Colin Crotty studied an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art London and BA Fine Art at Crawford College of Art & Design Cork, Ireland. Also teaches Fine Art at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.

The role of memory and perception is central to Crotty’s work. Found imagery sourced from books, documentary film and the internet, become detached from their original meaning and are re-interpreted to create a disjointed narrative. In layering images and representations from diverse sources, unspecific places and varied generations, a fictional scenario is created but one which is ingrained in collective consciousness. This coming together of people from unspecific locations represents a sense of the duration and conviction of a ‘groups’ ideal. Yet lingering there is also an assertion of a collective commitment between individuals to form a doctrine of some form, to lead or forge forward. However, the uncertainty that exists between these people and their specific location, reflects an awareness of doubt and misjustices that have taken place.

2004 MA, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK

1997 BA Honors, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, IRE

Solo Exhibitions
2014 In Between Days, Cross Gallery, Dublin, IRE

2010 Gemeingeist, Goethe-Institut, Dublin, IRE
Curator Georgina Jackson

2008 Art-Trail, a site-specific exhibition, Docklands, Cork, IRE

2002 Vangard Gallery, Cork, IRE

2001 Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, IRE

2000 Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, IRE
Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, IRE

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 The Land of Tib and Tom, Rubicon Projects, The Octagonal Room, Irish Georgian Society, Dublin

2013 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Co. Mayo, Ire. (Adjudicator Andrew Wilson, Curator, TATE)

2012 Crawford 100, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, IRE
Selected Stories, The Joinery, Dublin, IRE

2010 Eigse Retrospective, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, IRE

2009 Compendium, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, IRE
Vinespace Gallery, Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK

2008 Salon 08, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, IRE
Representing Art in Ireland, Fenton Gallery, Cork, IRE

2007 Fenton Gallery, Cork, IRE

2006 The Red Mansion Art Prize Exhibition, Space Gallery, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK
I Am Somewhere Here, A Project by Clodagh Emoe, The Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IRE

2005 A Moment In Time, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, IRE
Where the Long Shadows Fall, Temple Bar Gallery, Project Space, Dublin, IRE
40 Shades of Green, Glucksman Gallery, U.C.C, Cork, IRE

2004 MA Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK

2003 Gallery One, Kilkenny, IRE

2000 Drawings, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, IRE
Eigse Arts Festival, Invited artist, Carlow, IRE

1999 Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, IRE

1998 Victor Treacy Awards Exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRE

1997 Taylor Gallery, Awards Exhibition, Dublin, IRE

Awards & Residencies
2009 Arts Council of Ireland, Bursary

‘09/11 Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, Project Studio Residency

2005 Red Mansion Foundation Award, Residency, Beijing, China

2004 Synchronisations, Residency and Symposium, Bangalore, India