Joe Hanly’s paintings comprise a diverse array of unrelated, self-contained elements drawn from the everyday paraphernalia of living and dreaming. He experiments with the fraught relationships of the different materials of paint, found objects, photographic images and occasional three-dimensional forms, in abstract arrangements, testing limitations between coherence and ambiguity. Through a play of diversity and paradox he seeks to entice new readings from unanticipated associations.
Joe Hanly is a painter, printmaker and occasional installation artist living in Dublin who has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland since the early 1980s with solo exhibitions in such venues as Project Arts Centre, Limerick City Gallery, The RHA Gallagher Gallery, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Model Arts Centre, Sligo and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. His work is included in many private and public collections. He lectured in Fine Art, at the Dublin Institute of Technology from 1984 until retirement in 2014 and at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design from 1981 until 1984. He co-founded No9 Screenprint Workshop in 1977 and was a founding member of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in 1983 where he set up The Print Studio at TBG+S. Exhibitions, include One of its legs is both the same, an exhibition of paintings at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon in 2012 and TREE, an inverted tree hanging down through the Atrium of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin in 2018. Joe Hanly curated DISRUPTORS a group exhibition in which he was a participant along with nine other artists at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in 2019.