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Eileen Hogan. Pembroke studio | Image by Sandra Lousada

Eileen Hogan was born in London and studied at Camberwell School of Arts (1963–1967), the Royal Academy Schools (1967–1970), the British School of Archaeology at Athens (1970–1971) and the Royal College of Art (1971–1973). She is Professor in Fine Art at CCW’s  (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon art schools) Graduate School, University of the Arts London, a trustee of the Royal Drawing School and an ambassador of Mindroom, a charity for children with learning disabilities. She is Represented by Browse & Darby, London.

…She also painted the green, paint-splashed apron that she almost always works in and the clothes that hang in the wardrobe at the bottom of her bed. The body that usually occupies these clothes is absent, but they nevertheless suggest a presence. The folds of the material hold shape and it doesn’t take much imagination to think of Hogan wearing this apron only moments before hanging it up. Can an apron be a self-portrait? In evacuating her body from these paintings, Hogan makes portraits of things, faceless portraits. In not just in these works but many others as well, Hogan’s portraits are about the subtleties of detail and close observation. Again and again, Hogan forces us to the edges of portraiture, provoking us to think about what a portrait is and what it can be.
Painting Portraits, Recording Lives by Sarah Victoria Turner

  • Studied

    1971 -1974 Royal College of Art

    1970-1971 British School of Archaeology at Athens

    1963-1967 Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts

  • Solo Exhibitions and Two-Person Exhibitions

    2019   Eileen Hogan: Personal Geographies, Yale Center for British Art, Browse & Darby, London

    2017    Artist-Not-In-Residence, The Garden Museum, London

    2015    Eileen Hogan: Edges and Enclosures, Browse & Darby, London

    2014    Eileen Hogan at Little Sparta, the Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton Museums

    2013    Vacant PossessionNewArtCentre, Roche Court, Eileen Hogan at Little Sparta, Fleming Collection London

    2010    Championship Artist, All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

    2009    Romilly Saumarez Smith: bookbindings for Eileen Hogan Victoria and Albert Museum (and in 2010 at the Yale Center for British Art)

    2008    The Fine Art Society with Leonard Rosoman

    2007    Eileen Hogan’s Poetry Box San Francisco Center for the Book

    2006    Four Squares The Fine Art Society (also solo shows in 1997; 1993; 1988; 1986; 1985; 1982 and 1980).

    2005    Portraits, Power and Politics: Buckinghamshire County Museum

  • Selected Commissions and Awards

    2020 Portrait commissions: Alan Rusbridger (Lady Margaret Hall Oxford), Mark Damazer (St Peter’s College Oxford), Professer Ann Jefferson (New College, Oxford) Jim Wren, Royal Marines (HRH The Prince of Wales) and William Kaelin (Nobel Prizewinner 2090)

    2018 Portrait commissions: HRH Prince of Wales (Surrey County Cricket Club) and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (HRH The Prince of Wales)

    2017 Portrait commission: Duchess of Cornwall (HRH The Prince of Wales)

    2016 Portrait commission Alistair Urquhart, Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion (HRH The Prince of Wales)

    2016 Artist-in-Residence The Garden Museum, Portrait commission: HRH Prince of Wales

    2015 Portrait commission: Robert Leake, 8th Battalion Parachute Regiment (Royal Collection Trust)

    2012 Olympic Artist (tennis); Arts and Humanities Research Council Award Transforming Artist Books with Tate Research

    2009 Championship Artist 2009: All England Lawn Tennis Club

    2005 Muir Trust Artist-in-Residence: Buckinghamshire County Museum

    2002 Arts and Humanities Research Board Award for The Poetry Box

    2001  Stamps commissioned by The Royal Mail: The British Coast (also Centenary of the National Trust and the Centenary of Alfred Tennyson)

  • Selected Educational roles and consultancies

    Trustee of the  Royal Drawing School and Patron of Mindroom, A Scottish charity for children with learning disabilities.

    Currently working as a Research Professor at CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art), University of the Arts London

    Previous appointments include as Dean at Camberwell College of Arts (1989 -1997) and as Director of The Camberwell Press (1984 -1997).

  • Public Collections

    Brigham University Utah, British Library, Buffalo University New York, Cambridge University Library, Esme Fairbairn Trust, Gleeson Library University of San Francisco, Government Art Collection, Graves Art Gallery Sheffield, Greater London Council, Haarlem Staadsbiblioteheek, Houghton Library Harvard, Imperial War Museum London, Kent County Council, The Library of Congress Washington DC, London Borough of Camden, National Library of Australia, Newberry Library Chicago, Nuffield Foundation, Penguin Art Collection, Rijksmuseum-Meermanno Hague, Royal Academy of Art London, Sheffield City Art Gallery, Stanford University, Tullie House City Museum Carlisle, Victoria and Albert Museum London, University of the Arts, London University of Guildford, University of Tulsa Oklahoma, Wake Forest University North Carolina, Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Merseyside; Yale Centre for British Art

  • Selected Group Exhibitions

    2019    The D-Day Story, Portsmouth Museum, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (annually since 1974)

    2018  A History of Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts; Sketchbooks—Revelation, Art Space Gallery; and Prince and Patro; Royal Collection Trust, Buckingham Palace

    2017   The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Seeing through Drawing: A Celebration of John Berger, Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich

    2015    “The Last of the Tide” group exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

    2014    Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World  Yale Center for British Art (keynote opening lecture); BP Portrait Award exhibition National Portrait Gallery; the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    2012    BP Portrait Award: National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

    2009    BP Portrait Award: National Portrait Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

    2007    BP Portrait Award: National Portrait Gallery, Laing Gallery, National Portrait Gallery of Scotland

    2006    Unregulated Printing, Cambridge University re:INVENTING: ING Bank and the National Maritime Museum

    2005    Recent Acquisitions: Yale Centre for British Art, USA

    2004    The Writer and the Garden, British Library Re: MAKING: ING Bank, London

    2002    Processes of Renewal:  Toshiba Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum