Patrick Hartigan (b. Sydney, 1977) is a painter with a mind also for drawing and, in his earlier work, the moving image. His paintings, brushy renderings of classic genres (portraits, nudes, interiors, still lifes, non-objective compositions), 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 or acrylic on supports valued for their sculptural information, his recent paintings demonstrate depth and time beyond the flat plane.

Hartigan was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts by the University of Wollongong in 2016 and he currently teaches at the National Art School, Sydney. For much of 2020, he has been artist-in-residence at Newington College, Sydney and will present an exhibition of work in October 2020 at the conclusion of the residency.

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); The Commercial, Sydney (2017, 2019, 2020); Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015); Minerva, Sydney (2016); Neon Parc, Melbourne (2017 two-person exhibition with Hany Armanious).

Group shows include The Humanity, The Commercial, Sydney (2020); Harvest, The Commercial, Sydney (2017); 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.

Patrick Hartigan has been the art critic for The Saturday Paper since its inception in 2014. Hartigan's first book of writings, Offcuts, was published by Gazebo Books in 2019.


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