Desmond Hickey

Desmond Hickey attended the National College of Art and Design during the late 1970s and early 1980s. His tutors during this period were John Coyle RHA and Des Carrick RHA. Yet he is mostly self-taught. He received private tuition under Henry Healy RHA during five years and Healy had an influence on the way he approached his work. For the large part the 19th century French painters, the impressionists, influenced Hickey. He also appreciates the Fauvist school’s subjective and expressive use of colour, and Picasso for his approach to subject matter. In the Irish school a number of painters also inspired him notably William Orpen, William Leech and Roderic O’Connor. Location and place also has influenced the way in which he paints – in Irelan... READ MORE