Gavin Hogg

Gavin Hogg is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design and the Birmingham Institute of Art. In 2012 Hogg completed a certi?cate in Jungian psychology with art therapy which has had a major impact on his work. Printmaking is an important part of his practice and he has participated in group shows in Berlin, London and New York.

‘Long ago I was told by an inspired teacher, to ‘listen’ to the paintings, to give as much attention as possible to the work of art in front of me. Attentively listening to what is going on creates opportu-nities to think differently, to go imaginatively somewhere new, to see and think the unexpected…challenging the usual daily patterns.’

Hunt Museum

Angelic Messenger


Two plate collograph print on paper
25 x 18 cm
Edition of 3, exhibition print 2/3

I have for some time been interested in the idea of the angel as messenger. But in our secular age, how do we make ourselves open to these messengers? Even if we are open, given the distractions and stresses of contemporary life, will messages from God, our deeper selves, or the people around us, to whom we should be listening, get through?

In a response to an angel, with scroll carving in the Hunt Museum (HCM 003), Angelic Messenger depicts, the at times, too rigid structure of our daily lives. We all live by patterns and routines, allowing us to get the things done that we need to do. Sometimes these functional structures can cut us off from energies to which we should be more open and messages that we need to hear. The rigid structure in my print rearranges itself to facilitate just such an encounter.

Limerick Museum

Be Inspired


Single plate collograph print on paper
25 x 18 cm
Edition of 3, exhibition print 2/3

Test Text
Limerick lace child's
communion apron
Limerick Museum (LM 1989.0102)

Initially it was the intricate patterning of the Limerick lace child’s communion apron (LM 1989.0102) which attracted me, but as I worked, it was more the idea of religion and the ‘medicine’ it gave us to help us through our daily lives, that came to the fore. There is the idea too, of communion and ceremony and entering into a particular system of belief, which can be a great means of learning and developing spirituality. At the same time, we need to listen to ourselves and see whether we can be inspired to ?nd our own cure to whatever ails us, rather than too readily accepting outside remedies.