About the artist:
Christy Keeney studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London. After spending 17 years in London he returned to his native Donegal where he now lives and works.
His sculpted slab built heads and figures demonstrate a wonderful sense of draughtmanship as details are drawn into the wet clay surface.
"I see my work as 3D paintings. The form is built up and scetched till almost flat, like a canvas, ready to take the drawing which will outline the figure or head.
In the figures, I make an attempt to express the human spirit in all it's many forms. I like to work blindly letting the moment dictate my progress. When I see the form develop to some conclusion, I'll then add the features.
The heads are a study of the many varied features, and expressions that make up the human face.
Christy has exhibited widely throughout Ireland, the IK, Europe and the United States. He has done several commissions including for the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and HRH Prince of Wales.
2006 National Crafts Award, R.D.S Dublin
2004 National Crafts Award, RDS Dublin
1988 First prize open ceramics competition, Lisburn, N. Ireland
1985 Irish arts council study award, Royal College of art, London