Patrick Hayman

Dog on the Shore


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Patrick Hayman 1915–1988
Linocut on paper
Image: 102 × 151 mm
Presented by Warren MacKenzie 1986

Catalogue entry

Patrick Hayman 1915-1988

P11095 Dog on the Shore 1951

Linocut 102 x 151 (4 x 6) on Fabriano paper 152 x 224 (6 x 8 3/4); watermark C. M. FABRIANO; printed and published by the artist
Inscribed ‘Hayman' below image b.l., ‘Dog on the Shore' below image b.r. and ‘5th of 6 prints' on back of mount at centre
Presented by Warren MacKenzie 1986

Like P11094 ‘Dog on the Shore' was made in autumn 1951 and exhibited in St Ives in December of that year. Hayman stated in correspondence with the Tate Gallery that he printed this work in several different colours. While P11095 is bright yellow, Hayman had in his collection a pale green version of this print (letter to the compiler dated 4 December 1987).

Of the subject matter of this print Hayman wrote:

The IMAGERY, particularly of DOGS - ANIMALS - FIERCE or FRIENDLY, possibly started in Cornwall (tho' possibly in NEW ZEALAND). MAORI ART is full of strange monsters & peopled by a PANTHEON of GODS to explain the NATURE of the UNIVERSE. I perhaps unconsciously felt that there were a lot of unexplained phenomena in Cornwall - MONSTERS LUMINOUS, FRIENDLY +/or DANGEROUS (letter dated 23 November 1987).

New Zealand, home to six generations of the artist's family from the 1860s to the present day had, Hayman wrote, ‘an extremely potent + hypnotic effect on me' (letter dated 22 December 1987).

Hayman later re-used the lino of P11095, painting and mounting it. This work, now in the collection of the artist's widow, is entitled ‘Dragon'. Hayman described it as ‘the beginning of many paintings - of MONSTERS & constructions of DRAGONS or MONSTERS (AMUSING OR FRIGHTENING) THAT HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE in my work' (letter dated 23 November 1987).

This entry has been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.376-7

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