Enda O’Donoghue is an Irish born artist who is based in Berlin. He originally studied computer programming before changing to visual art and has worked professionally as a web-designer, Internet developer and in various dot-com businesses. His artwork is directly influenced by his experience worki...
Enda O’Donoghue is an Irish born artist who is based in Berlin. He originally studied computer programming before changing to visual art and has worked professionally as a web-designer, Internet developer and in various dot-com businesses. His artwork is directly influenced by his experience working with digital technology, computer programming and the Internet. As an artist he has continuously worked and exhibited in a wide variety of media: photography, video, net-art and interactive media but painting remains the backbone of his practice.
The images in Enda O’Donoghue’s paintings all come from the Internet. Searching through popular online social networks and blogs on an ongoing basis, he compulsively collects and catalogues photographs that he finds. The photos which he works with are most often the throw-away shots which otherwise gather digital dust buried away on hard-drives, camera chips, mobile phones or uploaded and then lost or forgotten someplace on the Web. With each image he paints he is meticulous about tracing the ownership and requesting permission, partly as a way of dealing with the anonymous nature of the Internet and also a reaction to the issues surrounding online privacy and copyright.
The process of painting from these images is slow and methodical, firstly dissecting the image into sections on paper and then working over periods of weeks or months to reconstruct the image section by section as a painting. Echoing and playing with the nature digital image processing and compression algorithms, the painting process is highly analytical and methodical and yet filled with randomness and inviting of errors, misalignments and glitches.
His work was recently featured at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai and in 2009 he had a solo exhibition in New York at the Irish Arts Center. His work has also been shown in Copenhagen, Paris, London, Toronto and throughout Ireland and Germany. Over the past few years he has also been involved in organising and curating a number of group exhibitions in Berlin.
(Born in Limerick, Ireland, 1973)