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Eileen Hogan (born 1 March 1946 in London) is an English painter and book artist. She is a Research Professor at Wimbledon College of Art (a constituent college of the University of the Arts London), a patron of Mindroom and a trustee of the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.


Life and workEdit

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). Robert Medley, Head of Painting at Camberwell, was himself an influence on Hogan, and provided his students with an eclectic mix of visiting lecturers, including Frank Auerbach, Ronald Kitaj, Anthony Fry, Patrick Procktor and Euan Uglow.

Hogan remembers:

"Euan Uglow would have a model in for several months. The model would keep the same pose, and we would all draw intensely and slowly. Auerbach would be different. He would draw in the studio, charcoal flying everywhere, and we'd work in a haze of dust."[1]

Carel Weight was the Professor of Painting at the RCA and in a catalogue for an exhibition of Hogan's paintings at The Fine Art Society in 1993 he wrote:

"She found her motifs in the parks and gardens of South London near her home. The paintings were very original. The skies were blotted out by rich, dark trees, dense olive in colour with long shadows cast by trees across the foreground and the scenes were peopled by dark shapes. All these elements were evocative of the late summer afternoons with a suggestion of thunder in the atmosphere…"[2]

George Melly wrote in The Guardian (1993) about a painting from the time when Hogan lived in Athens:

"…Athinas shows a rainy street of shoddy shops whose Greek lettering is the only explanations of its Hellenic title (we might otherwise be in Huddersfield). There are written graffiti, reflections, groups of people with umbrellas. There's something going on here. Something being kept from us. As uneasy as a Hitchcock scene."[3]

Hogan has shown regularly at The Fine Art Society,[4] London since 1980 – the most recent exhibition being with the painter Leonard Rosoman RA[4] in 2008. Commissions and awards include recording the Women's Royal Naval Services for the Artistic Records Committee of the Imperial War Museum,[5] a Churchill Traveling Fellowship for research in America, Australia and Japan,[6] and most recently, in 2009, as the Artist-in-Residence for The All England Lawn Tennis Club Championships.[7]

Throughout Hogan's career, her paintings have related to places which have significance for her, and she has developed specific projects over a number of years. She painted Ian Hamilton Finlay in his garden at Little Sparta, between 1997 and 2006 (triptych of IHF shown in the BP Portrait Award in 2007,[8] portrait of IHF, shown in the RA Summer Exhibition 2008,[9] and Beehives at Little Sparta, shown in the RA Summer Exhibition in 2009).[10] Other portraits include Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover, formerly Anya Linden, ballerina, shown in the BP Portrait Award 2009.[11]

In 2006 The Fine Art Society exhibited her series of paintings based around four garden squares, near her home. Christopher Gibbs wrote in the accompanying publication:

"…Each garden is a concealed world of which the outsider gets a green veiled glimpse, each has in common areas for maintenance, recreation and repose. These intriguing spaces, which Eileen now shares with us, have inside them atmospheres and characteristics which even the most incorrigible snoopers can never sense, and unique vantage points from which to contemplate the surrounding architecture, its joys and woes..."[12]

Hogan's interest in book art was triggered by her love of lettering, the relationship between words and images and lettering as drawing.[13] She produced three books with the Lion and Unicorn Press when she was a student at the Royal College of Art and went on to establish The Camberwell Press at Camberwell College of Arts,[14] and was its Director from 1984 to 1997. Recent exhibitions of Hogan's book art include Eileen Hogan's Poetry Box (San Francisco Center for the Book)[15] in 2007, in 2009 Romilly Saumarez Smith: Bindings for Eileen Hogan Victoria and Albert Museum.[16] and in the same exhibition, expanded to include Saumarez Smith's jewelry and Hogan's portraits of Saumarez Smith, at the Yale Center for British Art in 2010.

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Earlier solo exhibitions include at the Imperial War Museum (1984) and the British Council in Athens (1983 and 1971)

Selected public collectionsEdit


  1. ^ Platman, Lara Art Workers Guild 125 Years: Crafspeople at Work Today, Unicorn Press, 2009 ISBN 978-1-906509-05-7
  2. ^ Weight, Carel catalogue for exhibition at the Fine Art Society London 28 November – 8 January 1993 and cited in Under the Influence, Camberwell Press, 1997 ISBN 0-9529017-1-4.
  3. ^ Melly, George review of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in the Guardian and cited in Under the Influence, Camberwell Press, 1997 ISBN 0-9529017-1-4.
  4. ^ a b "The Fine Art Society". Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  5. ^ Imperial War Museum (2013). "Works by Eileen Hogan". IWM Collections Search. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Churchill Memorial Trust". Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  7. ^ All England Lawn Tennis Championships
  8. ^ BP Portrait Award 2007, National Portrait Gallery
  9. ^ Summer Exhibition 2008, Royal Academy of Arts
  10. ^ Summer Exhibition 2009, Royal Academy of Arts
  11. ^ BP Portrait Award 2009, National Portrait Gallery
  12. ^ Gibbs, Christopher Four Squares: essays by Christopher Gibbs and Christopher Portman, Fine Art Society, 2006 ISBN 0-905062-31-0
  13. ^ Hogan, Eileen Speaking Volumes: Love and Joy about Letters, 6 March 1988
  14. ^ Ten Years on the work of The Camberwell Press 1984–1994, exhibition catalogue for theVictoria and Albert Museum 30 November 1994 – 20 January 1995
  15. ^ "San Francisco Center for the Book". Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  16. ^ Romilly Saumarez Smith Bookbindings for Eileen Hogan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Libanus Press Ltd, 2009 ISBN 978-0-948021-99-2.

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