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Patrick Hartigan was born in Sydney in 1977. He is currently a Sessional Lecturer at the National Art School, and has been practicing and regularly exhibiting as an artist since graduating from university in 2001. His work is held in a number of public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Chartwell Collection at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and The Art Gallery of Western Australia.
In 2019 Hartigan published his first book, a combination of memoir and short prose, called Offcuts (Gazebo Books). In 2021 he will publish his second book (also by Gazebo Books), a collection of short stories and drawings about the village of birth of his wife Lenka. The village is located in the Spiš region of Eastern Slovakia, a place Hartigan has regularly visited and spent time in since 2001. He and his family resided in this village for most of 2018.
From 2014 to 2019 Hartigan was the art critic for The Saturday Paper – a paper he continues to contribute to. In 2016 he was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts by the University of Wollongong.
He is represented by The Commercial