20th Jun, 2024 10:00

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

  Lot 115


oil on canvas, signed and dated '99
framed and under glass

Provenance: The Late Jack McLean

image size 26cm x 26cm, overall size 42cm x 42cm

Note: Joe Hargan, was born in 1952 in Glasgow. He studied Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1970 – 74 under Danny Ferguson RSW. RGI., James Robertson RSW.RGI.RSA.PAI. and Dr David Donaldson RSA. RGI. D.LITT (Queen’s Limner). Joe is a well recognised and respected figure on the Scottish art scene. He was President and Chairman of the Paisley Art Institute from1989 – 2000 and he was President of the Glasgow Art Club from 2018 to 2021. Joe is also the recipient of numerous awards. Joe is a master of colour and tongue in cheek humour. His paintings are not only finely executed; they offer humorous and sometimes surreal vignettes of the good life. These feature "Sniffy" and various other characters within striking gallery and stately home settings. Recurring symbols and metaphors abound within the paintings, and one is often treated to a painting within a painting. An old master within a new master. Having a real thirst for knowledge, Joe values learning as a life long pleasure rather than a school bound necessity. Within a single painting one can find, he references to Velazquez and Damian Hirst sitting side by side. This is alongside symbols of the good life (wine), learning (books), and contemporary culture (the burger). He juxtaposes apparently opposing forces within single paintings. Contemporary art and the art of the old masters, ‘high’ culture and ‘low’ culture. Joe Hargan paintings have always been much sought after in our auctions.


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