The Decade Past (1986)

Paul Hartigan, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in 1990. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
The work is one of my typical deadpan jokes essentially, where the decade past is only represented by the year as painted numerals, rather than any specific event or subject - this leaves those issues of 'visible content' up to the viewer and it is for them to conjure up images from their mind for any given year.

Individually, each painting has it's own rationale and colour code relativity; each is a definitive experiment as well as a conclusion on my colour arrangements of 'pingy' juxtapositions using enamel paint colour. So although at first they may seem rather lacking in content, conceptually they are subtly expansive and open ended but the discourse relies on viewer (and / or curatorial involvement), rather than passive looking and an expectation of the work to do the job of 'entertaining'.
Artist Statement by Paul Hartigan, 2013
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Image 232 x 302mm
Frame 410 x 476mm
acrylic on board
Seventh work in the series of 10, painted number "1986" with lime green background and gold toned frame.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1993
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
12 Oct 1993



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