Eileen Hogan: Personal Geographies
Yale Centre for British Art | May 9 – Aug. 11, 2019
The Yale Center for British Art will present the first North American survey of the work of Eileen Hogan (born 1946). The exhibition will examine Hogan’s artistic process and feature sketchbooks alongside finished paintings. While a steadfast figurative artist throughout her career, two dominant subjects have emerged in Hogan’s work in recent years: gardens and portraiture. Her interest in gardens was inspired by private squares in London, encountered on her regular walk between her home and studio and, later, by her repeated visits to Little Sparta, the garden created in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Scotland, by the artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. The exhibition will also include the works that emerged from Hogan’s time as Artist in Residence at the Garden Museum in London during 2015–16, when friends and colleagues were invited to nominate a favorite green space in London. More information can be found here.
‘Eileen Hogan: Personal Geographies’ is being published by the Yale University Press to accompany the exhibition.
“This visually stunning survey provides an in-depth look at Eileen Hogan’s (b. 1946) working methods. Covering her entire career, it focuses particularly on two dominant themes in the artist’s oeuvre—enclosed gardens and portraiture. Her depictions of gardens range from London’s well-known Kew Gardens and Chelsea Physic Garden to Little Sparta, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. Her portraits include expressive sketches and paintings of veterans of the Second World War, and of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The book includes images from Hogan’s sketchbooks, her studies, and finished paintings, accompanied by striking photographs of the artist at work. Essays by scholars and Hogan herself trace the artist’s career from her student days at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts through the present. This volume provides an unprecedented, intimate look at the life and work of one of the most interesting and evocative artists working today.” – Elisabeth R. Fairman, chief curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art. The book is available to pre-order here.