Artist Sharkey's terror after vandals attack studio again
ARTIST Kevin Sharkey's Dublin gallery has been targeted by vandals for the second time in just three months.
The large main window of the city centre gallery was broken on Tuesday night.
Mr Sharkey reported the attack to gardai and says he's hoping his gallery was not targeted on purpose.
"I am trying not to be paranoid and it is distressing, but nobody else has had their windows smashed twice in the last three months," Mr Sharkey said.
"The place where the window was smashed contains a picture of me, which is scary, but thankfully there was nothing on display."
Mr Sharkey opened his gallery in Temple Lane South in Temple Bar last December and also uses the premises as a studio.
"I came in this morning and somebody had used a freestanding sign from across the way to break the glass," Mr Sharkey said. "The whole thing smashed."
He said the estimated cost of fixing the damage is between €1,000 to €1,500.
"It took me a long time to get back on my feet financially, so it is not nice when something like this happens," he said.
"The guards have taken note of the incident and are going to look back at cameras in the area to see if they spot anything."
Last December a window containing a merged picture of glamour model Jordan and child-killer Myra Hindley was smashed.
Mr Sharkey, who has been a full-time artist for 30 years, said the picture was in place only for a few of hours before the window was smashed
Collectors of his work include Charles Saatchi, Michael Portillo, Courtney Love, Matt Lucas and, in recent times, President Michael D Higgins.