Ken Finegan , Ba(Hons), MFA


My fine art photographic practice to date deals with the creation of the ‘social history of now’. The images deal with issues that are valid worldwide but are made on a local level, from a local perspective but nonetheless important. Relational aesthetics could be viewed as an overall term to describe my practice. “Open-ended art practices, concerned with the network of human relations and the social context in which such relations arise” (Nicolas Bourriaud). The images are regarded as an exchange of information and perspectives between artist and viewer and rely on the responses of the others to make it relational.


Irish photographer Ken Finegan was born in 1959. His love of photography started while working in Dublin. In 1985 Ken joined the Drogheda Independent newspaper group as staff photographer and within a few years started his own company where he gained experience in a wide variety of photographic fields. 2005 saw Ken enter a phase when he became an educator in photography at O'Fiaich Institute of Further Education where he is course co-ordinator for the FETAC Level 5 and 6 Photographic Studies course and changed the focus of his practice to fine art after successfully completing a BA (Hons) in Photography at the West Wales School of the Arts, University of Glamorgan.

Ken has successfully completed his current studies at the University of Ulster, York Street Campus, Belfast (January 2012) with an MFA in Photography studying under Professor Paul Seawright, Donovan Wylie, Professor Terence Wright and Dr. Alastair Herron.


Source Magazine and (Review), Autumn 2012. Images from Ken's MFA project “Club Life” were published in the “Creating Excellence in Dementia Care, A Research Review for Ireland's National Dementia Strategy” January 2012 by Associate Professor Suzanne Cahill, Trinity College and the DSIDC, St. James' Hospital, Dublin, Professor Eamonn O'Shea, NUI Galway and Maria Pierce, Trinity College, Dublin. The images are also being used in the “Future Dementia Care in Ireland: Sharing the Evidence to Mobilise Action” was launched by Minister Kathleen Lynch on the 19th of June in Trinity College. Ken's work has been published in local, national and international publications and images are held in private collections including former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Louth County Council.


Relate, County Museum, July 2014

University of Ulster/Yale University Print Showcase, June 2014

Our Town My Story, County Museum Dundalk, July 2013

Project 30 Gallery of Photography, Dublin 2012

Finding Fragments, PhotoIreland, South Studio, Dublin July 2012

Club Life Solo Exhibition, County Museum Dundalk July 2012

Finding Fragments MFA Exhibition The University of Ulster 2012

“Open Here” Hereford Photography Festival, November 2010

“Tír na nÓg“ involving the pupils of St. Nicholas' National School, Dundalk was his first public exhibition and was exhibited in the Basement Gallery, Dundalk in July 2010.