Karen Hickey | The painter that has a sixth sense for reading people… read HOW


“I feel that I have a sixth sense in reading people!

Fascinated by people and their unique quirks, Celbridge local and mother of three, Karen Hickey, has been drawing for as long as she can remember. 

“People as subjects have always interested me the most as I feel that I have a sixth sense in reading people!” 


This sixth sense was explored further by the artist in 2006 when she decided to take the plunge and signed up for a series of life and portrait drawing courses. Realising her talent, Karen then went on to study Drawing and Painting the Figure at the National College of Art and Design. 

In speaking of her approach to art, Karen says, “My personal approach is driven by a mixture of instinct and a subject matter that I find interesting, which so far is people, their expressions, mood and movement.  My aim is always to create pieces which are alive, colourful, fun and expressive.” 

Inspiration for the collection of pieces you see here today came from a variety of people that Karen has admired throughout her career as an artist – Amedeo Mondigliani, Kees van Dongen, Klimt, Egon Schiele and Mary Swanzy, to name a few. 

With such a unique approach, Karen has had a lot of interest in her pieces over the years and has exhibited in some incredible venues to date.

In 2017, I exhibited in my local library where I attracted a large crowd and made good sales too. In the summer I exhibited 6 large artworks at the Electric Picnic Festival. Over the year I was involved in two group exhibitions at Inspire Gallery, Dublin. A selection of my work was commissioned for the new Google offices at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

Aside from collections in the marketplace, a lot of the artist’s time is spent on portrait commissions sent to her by people from all walks of life. A favourite aspect of the job for Karen, she “finds this to be a really lovely experience as I get to meet new friends with each one.”


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