Patrick Hartigan (b. 1977, Sydney) is a painter whose studio practice foregrounds formal material experimentation. His work expresses the world rather than responds to it, with both abstract and figurative outcomes. Hartigan’s open and sensitive engagement with each element and his process of ‘cooking’ paintings, permitting slow layering and development, can give the impression that paintings or parts of paintings have taken shape through events outside the artist’s control and that marks are the remnants or memories of events rather than the events themselves. The current series of paintings are architecturally scaled and were painted unstretched on the ground under the open sky on the rooftop of his Sydney studio. Through collaged elements they extend their interest in shape, colour, texture and sculpture. Value is attributed to every mark, cut, selvedge, and both the fronts and backs of things. Hartigan is also a writer. He has two published books and from 2014 to 2018 was the art critic for The Saturday Paper.

Patrick Hartigan was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts by the University of Wollongong in 2016 and currently teaches at the National Art School, Sydney. In 2020, he was artist-in-residence at Newington College (Sydney). 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), Murray Art Museum Albury (Albury), the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and Wollongong University Art Collection (Wollongong).

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