Patrick Hartigan | Portraits (2009-2010), 2023 | at The Commercial, Sydney


I did the three village portraits first.1 They were done after trips to the village,2 where I would spend a lot of time looking at faces while not understanding what people were talking about. Two of the three village portraits were never shown, while Woman (2009) was shown in The Village is Quiet exhibition at Darren Knight Gallery. This later led to The Village Is Quiet book.3

Following the village portraits I did a series of Australian mothers, men and families circa 1950s.4


Patrick Hartigan, 2023


  1. Cats. 1–3.
  2. The Slovak village is the birthplace of Patrick’s wife Lenka.
  3. Patrick Hartigan, The Village Is Quiet, Gazebo Books, Sydney, 2021.
  4. Cats. 4-7.