Stephen Heffernan (who makes art under the name Hephee) lives and works in Dublin as a designer, art director, and illustrator. Stephen chatted to The Jumble about the Dublin art scene and finding inspiration in day to day communication.
I feel that my art is based around the idea of communicating an immediate, accessible message – whether it’s a stupid joke or something more serious.
I find it hard to put my finger on what I find inspiring – I feel like a lot of the stuff I make is based around human interaction and how people communicate with each other, so I suppose people are a big inspiration! I also love looking at other people’s work and seeing people do well in their own craft, I think it’s so inspiring watching people do what they love and then seeing the public/brands love it back. In my spare time I love to create things and learn new ways of creating things. I’m a big fan of working with my hands, painting outdoors etc. but also spend a lot of time working digitally.
This is something that people say to me a lot, but I find that generally everyone has a different idea about what makes the stuff I make personal to me, which is interesting. I never really tried to go for a specific style with my art, I more so try to communicate ideas in my head in a simple, comfortable way. I know I’m not reinventing the wheel with the work that I do but what makes me proud of it is that I do it the way I want.
To be honest, I’ve been making so much more work during lock down. I’ve found it useful to have all this extra time (not to say that there hasn’t been times where its been utter shite) but in general it’s made me slow down with a lot of life stuff; which has made me appreciate the incredibly lucky position I’m in and how much I love what I do.
The local art scene may seem intimidating at first, but everyone is so friendly and helpful. It’s rare to meet someone in the creative scene in Dublin who isn’t. Any time I’ve needed help with something/ been trying to learn something new I always find so many people who are ready and willing, which is amazing!
In terms of exhibitions; I’m currently in the Creatives Against Covid exhibition that’s running in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin until the end of August.
You can check out more of Stephen’s work here.