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Eileen Hogan in conversation with Anna McNay


Eileen Hogan in conversation with Anna McNay

The Heatherley School of Fine Art

75 Lots Road, Chelsea, SW10 0RN

Monday 31st October



Eileen Hogan’s practice-led research explores the relationship between portraiture and biography using oral history as part of the methodology. It is also concerned with the various ways that artists engage with archives and the relationship between presence and absence.

Between 1997 and 2006, Hogan painted three major portraits of Ian Hamilton Finlay, and, during this time, made hundreds of further drawings and paintings of both him and his sculpture park and garden, Little Sparta.

At Camberwell College of Arts, Hogan studied under the first generation of artists who had been influenced by the Euston Road School. Throughout, she has remained a figurative painter, confronting the question of what her work has to do with the business of being an artist in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been included in the BP Portrait Award on numerous occasions, including this year, with her Self-Portrait, Pembroke Studios.

In conversation with Anna McNay, Hogan will share some of her key influences and encounters, recalling being taught by the likes of Euan Uglow and Frank Auerbach. She will discuss her painting process and the role of oral histories, and share some of the musings of her UAL research group, About Face, where artists, theorists, curators and writers come together to investigate the edges of portraiture.

About Eileen Hogan 

Eileen Hogan’s practice as an artist takes the form of painting, printmaking and book art. She is Professor in Fine Art in the CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon art schools) Graduate School, University of the Arts London. Hogan 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 currently artist-in-residence at the Garden Museum.

About Anna McNay

Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor. She is Deputy Editor at State Media and former Arts Editor at DIVA magazine. She contributes regularly to Studio International, Photomonitor and The Mail on Sunday and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers. She has written numerous catalogue essays.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.