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For her first exhibition at Roche Court, Eileen Hogan painted a series of beautiful and evocative works in response to the garden created by Ian Hamilton Finlay at Little Sparta. Set in the Pentland Hills south-west of Edinburgh, Little Sparta is perhaps Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest artistic achievement, combining poetic and sculptural elements within a landscaped setting. Eileen Hogan first visited there in 1997 on the day that Finlay
was being interviewed for the British Library’s ‘Artists’ Lives’ series – a recording that has only become public this year. Whilst the interview was underway, Hogan explored the garden and began to sketch; walking and stopping to draw. She returned to Little Sparta during Finlay’s lifetime and subsequent to his death in 2006, taking the gardens, the works by Finlay which they contain, and the artist himself as her subjects.