Sunday 18 March 2018

Sophie's Exhibit A: Patrick Hogan's Beekeeper

Sophie Gorman

There is something enduringly still about this beekeeper sitting on this white bed with its sheets disturbed by his substance.

His hands are placed with consideration on his knees, his gaze fixed. It is not as if he has just hurriedly sat down and thrown back his visor. You know instead that he has moved carefully and contemplatively.

His breath is not hurried, he is slowly breathing out the day.

This wonderfully compelling picture by Patrick Hogan features in an exhibition showcasing emerging talent in printmaking and photography called So Fine Art Editions, Dublin (

Patrick uses a large format film camera, a slow and quiet process, which in turn is reflected in the stillness of the photos.

He claims that this portrait, like most of the portraits he makes, says more about him than the sitter.

He describes his work as partly autobiographical and by that means that photographing someone else can sometimes reveal more about the self.

This beekeeper is actually a neighbour of Patrick's, who lives near him in the woods right in heart of rural Tipperary.

Other exhibitors in this compelling and original show include ceramicist Victoria Bentham, who works in black clay, Nicole Tilley, who specialises in etchings and theatrical shadow illustrations, print maker Eleanor and sculptor Brendan Jamison, who has achieved much international acclaim for his works created from sugar cubes.

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