Irish Artist Suing Love/Hate After His Works Featured on the Show 5 years ago

Irish Artist Suing Love/Hate After His Works Featured on the Show

A Donegal artist is suing the makers of hit RTÉ drama Love/Hate after his paintings featured on the show. 

Kevin Sharkey has claimed that his copyright was breached after three of his works were featured regularly on season two of the hit show.

The paintings in question were seen hanging in the swanky Northside penthouse apartment of gang head honcho John Boy, as played by Aidan Gillen. 

According to The Irish Independent, Sharkey filed for damages against Octagon Films and RTE in the High Court last week.

Speaking to the paper earlier this year the artist said;

"I love what I have seen of Love/Hate so far and my decision to pursue the producers is purely a legal matter.

"Having my work portrayed as liked by a dangerous killer and drug addict is the problem." 

Sharkey's paintings feature in character John Boy's apartment in hit RTÉ show Love/Hate

52-year-old Sharkey is also a former television presenter for RTÉ, and was a contestant in 2003 reality TV show Celebrity Farm alongside Twink and Mary Coughlan. 

Fans of his painting include Irish president Michael D Higgins and supermodel Rosie Huntington Whitley.