Jane Fogarty

 Painting and it’s ontology are central to my creative process and the rationale of my work. I am interested in the various ways in which we interpret and understand the passing of time. Particularly, how this in turn translates into visual language. Analogous to time, a painting is understandable as an accumulation of moments. The painting process is the creation of histories; the gathering of actions and time. 

My work is an exploration of painting but my artistic output has for the most part been sculptural. Working in three-dimensions allows me to explore the individual components of a painting. These include surface, support, structure, materiality, time, composition and colour. Often, I apply creative parameters to my work. These can be temporal, material or conceptual prerequisites.

Within my output individual components create a larger narrative. Components include: pencil lines, brush strokes, or lumps of pulverised paper. The finished works are abstract manifestations of the artistic decision making process.

I avoid illusion and illustration within my paintings and work in a completely abstract fashion. Positioning such works in a contemporary context demands the viewer to resist associations. Viewers are forced to focus on the real, tangible object confronting them. Paintings with recognisible elements demand the use of verbal or written language. The content and forms are recognisible as X. With abstraction, the paint and form become the language. With painting there is an inherent material intimacy which is its appeal to viewers. It is a process driven medium, counteracting the over-saturation of digital images in our contemporary life. 


 Jane Fogarty currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010 her work has been included in many national and international exhibitions. These have included three solo exhibitions; Paperwork, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, Mel, Eight Gallery, Dublin, and |’painti NG |, the Talbot Gallery, Dublin. Selected group exhibitions include; Mystery Ewer, Artbox (2016), and ELIA’s NEU/NOW Live, Nantes, France (2010). 

Awards include; The Individual Artists Bursary Award’ from South Dublin County Council (2016), The Most Promising Graduate Award from The Talbot Gallery (2010), the RDS Lewis Crosby Award for Painting (2010), The Project Award (2012) and the Travel and Training Award (2015) from the Arts Council, Ireland. Fogarty’s work is part of the Office of Public Works State Art Collection of Ireland. 

In 2015 Fogarty completed a one month residency in Hungary during which she worked towards the development of her solo exhibition Paperwork

Fogarty has also facilitated numerous educational projects since 2007. These have included the Young Curators project, at RUA RED, (South Dublin Arts Centre) and artist in school with ‘Art School’, a project by curator Jennie Guy. Jane is a member of the panel of the Hugh Lane Municipal Galler