© National Gallery of Ireland
Nick Miller, English, b.1962
Title: PH Hand, drawing. 31-1 21
Date: 2021
Medium: Ink on paper
15 × 30 cm
Signed: lower left: Nick Miller 31.1.21
Credit Line: Purchased, 2022
Object Number: NGI.2023.4
DescriptionIn this economical, immediate sketch, Miller records not just Hall’s activity, but also his frailty. It is not an academic study focussed on anatomical accuracy and certainty of drawing, but a record of ageing and artistic endeavour. It relates to Hall’s Working Drawing 22, one of Miller’s own favourites, which he said, ‘exemplifies [Hall’s] process with a particular lightness’. As the sketch records, Hall began the drawing by making black marks with a bamboo pen. For Miller, his sketch registers the moment – when ink hit paper – at which the potential of a creative act is realised.
ProvenancePurchased, 2022
Exhibition HistorySanctuary. A joint exhibition with Nick Miller, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, 9 June - 9 July 2022.

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