26 minutes | Sep 24, 2020

Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic | Nick Miller in conversation from his studio in County Sligo

Episode 1 of a new series of oral histories, led by Donal Maguire, curator of the Gallery's ESB CSIA, documenting some of the experiences and thoughts of artists living and working through the COVID-19 emergency. In this first conversation, Nick Miller discusses his work, including 'From Pat Cogan’s Shed' , and talks about aspects of his life during the COVID-19 emergency. This conversation was recorded on 8 May 2020. Born in London, Nick Miller moved to Ireland in 1984 and now lives and works in Sligo. He is a painter who works in the genres of portraiture, still life and landscape. Focusing primarily on local subjects, including the rural landscape of north-west Ireland, he has developed a vigorous painting technique that merges representation and expressionism. He was the winner of the National Gallery of Ireland’s inaugural portrait prize in 2014. About Artists' Voices: Life in a Pandemic: Oral histories are a unique record of an individual’s personal thoughts and experiences. They are a valuable source of knowledge for researchers, providing insight and connection to a person’s life and character. The ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, at the National Gallery of Ireland, builds, cares for and makes available the national record of art in Ireland for public study and interpretation. Oral histories are a type of archival record and form an interesting part of the ESB CSIA’s collection. In recognizing the significant impact of COVID-19, the ESB CSIA is carrying out a series of short conversations with artists to document some of their experiences and thoughts of living and working through the pandemic. These conversations, led by Donal Maguire, Curator of the ESB CSIA, were recorded using technology that is conveniently available to the artist. The use of commonplace technologies for this project reflects the more general and increasing significance of these platforms for everyday communication. The ESB CSIA acknowledges the generosity of the artists for agreeing to talk about their life and work during this uncertain time. This oral history project has been generously supported by ESB, sponsor of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art
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