The Souvenir series were originally considered as background details for larger works, reference ideas I had collected to use elsewhere, until it dawned on me that I enjoyed their own intrinsic narrative they each contained. The very thing that attracted me to these images was the story, the memory, the history, real or imagined, that they triggered in my head.
The Souvenirs are a visual diary of my travel and observation, a record for myself, marking my delight in a new angle on a familiar scene. Applying the same format gives each image equal billing, all filtered through the same blue aperture on a 16” x 20” canvas, where the universal border removes them from being a landscape per se to being a deliberately painted scene, a memory, a still, a quote.
This is a continuing series, and this exhibition in the Ashford is the second showing of a group of these Souvenirs together.
James Hanley RHA.
James Hanley is a Dublin-based painter. An established portrait artist, painting many official and state portraits, he is represented in significant public, corporate and private collections in Ireland and abroad. Born in 1965, he graduated from University College Dublin in 1987 with a degree in History of Art and English, and from the National College of Art & Design in 1991 with a BA in Fine Art Painting. He works in a representational style, in both painting and drawing. He has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad, and has had 7 solo exhibitions.
James is a full Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, was elected to Aosdána in 2008 and recently appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland.