Patrick Hartigan (b. Sydney, 1977) is a painter with a mind also for drawing and the moving image. His paintings, brushy renderings of classic genres (portraits, nudes, interiors, still lifes), pull childhood and familial nostalgia from the comforts of memory and push artist legacies around (a Picasso head, a Modigliani nude, various permutations of Brancusi) as fresh material. This core forms constellations in his exhibitions with imagery that is emotionally and formally more abstract and more sparing. Predominantly oil on found supports, his recent paintings demonstrate a sculptural mindfulness, incorporating dimensions of depth and time beyond the flat plane.
Hartigan was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts by the University of Wollongong in 2016.
He has presented solo exhibitions in commercial galleries in Australia and New Zealand regularly since 2004, including Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015); Minerva, Sydney (2016).
Group shows include Casual Conversation, Minerva, Sydney (2015); Solitaire, curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick, at Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014); Octopus 13 – on this day alone, curated by Glenn Barkley at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2013); MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2010); avoiding myth & message: Australian artists and the literary world, curated by Glenn Barkley, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing, curated by Christine Morrow, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring) (2003).
Hartigan’s work is in the collections of The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and Wollongong University Art Collection.
As part of the satisfaction of his doctorate degree, Hartigan published Offcuts, a book of short stories which offer rare insight into his art practice. The 130 page book can be accessed on The Commercial website.
Hartigan is exhibiting in the group exhibition, Harvest along with Diena Georgetti and Robert Pulie, at The Commercial from 11/02/17 - 04/03/17. It is the first time Patrick Hartigan has exhibited at The Commercial, in advance of a solo exhibition in May 2017.