© National Gallery of Ireland
Patrick Hall, Irish, b.1935
Title: Working drawing 16
Date: 2022
Medium: Ink and watercolour on paper
25.5 × 25.5 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 2022
Object Number: NGI.2023.2
DescriptionCarefully crafted and full of mystery, these drawings were made during the artist Nick Miller's weekly visits to Patrick Hall's Sligo studio. They shared working practice developed during the Covid pandemic and resulted in a rich body of work for both artists. Miller, who painted the older artist at work over extended periods, observes that Hall ‘paints from a place of emptiness and some sense of boundless void that most traditions tell us is the ultimate truth at the heart of existence’. Hall uses a bamboo pen to make the initial lines of the composition and works in colour washes with a brush. These strange landscapes infused with rich colour revisit imagery that Hall has explored in his large-scale paintings. The presence of a large grey stone is significant as it is a subject he returns to repeatedly, for example in his painting ‘Seastone’ (Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane).
ProvenancePurchased, 2022
Exhibition HistorySanctuary. A joint exhibition with Nick Miller, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, 9 June - 9 July 2022.

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