No.4 Night Frightens the Day


No.4 Night Frightens the Day/Калі ноч палохае дзень 2014


The ‘Night frightens the day, Калі ноч палохае дзень’ series by Sean Hanrahan is inspired by Botticelli’s Primevera 1492, and influenced in part the use of plants and foliage as motifs to form new psychological ideas based on veiled or hidden meaning.

As Sean explains: “In January 2014, the VCCA (Centre of Contemporary and Modern Art) Vitebsk, Belarus invited me to host a solo show as part of their International Artist program. My initial response was to create a body of work that reflected similarities between Belarusian and Irish/European traditional cultures. This led to research in folk art, medieval hunting imagery, traditional 17th century Russian Lubok wood-cut prints and Italian Renaissance art. The re-discovery of Botticelli’s Primevera (1492) influenced the use of plants and foliage as motifs to form new psychological ideas based on veiled or hidden meaning. Parallel to this, I began to resolve the technical aspect of producing the work through the use of Photography and Silkscreen print on primed plywood.

By March 2014 it became clear that the work was to take on a more psychological rather than a cultural direction. This was reinforced by a visit to the Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB), where I had the opportunity to view the extraordinary exhibition Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Svankmayer and the Quay brothers – four key figures in animated film who drew on the phantasmagoric and grotesque. This experience further influenced me in creating imagery for ‘Night frightens the day, Калі ноч палохае дзень, the result of which has personal meaning and is intended to invoke psychological memories and experiences in the viewer.” 

The title Night Frightens the Day/Калі ноч палохае дзень includes the direct Russian translation. This series has been exhibited in Belarus twice including in the VCCA (Centre for Contemporary and Modern Art) Minsk, Belarus.

Dimensions: 810mm wide, 1210mm high, 20mm deep.

Materials: This series of one-off fine art silkscreens are printed on plywood with solvent-free inks. The colours, including a silver ink, are layered giving a soft sheen effect. 

Framing: If you would like us to arrange framing please let us know and we’ll send you samples and quotes.

Colours: Due to differences with screen resolution and calibrations colours may not be exactly as viewed in these images.

Lead Time: This piece should be delivered within 3 weeks unless framing is being arranged.

Editions: This work is not editioned.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 810 × 1210 × 20 mm

Sean Hanrahan


Silk Screen Print

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