(Dedicated to the memory of the critic Ian Hill).
Hungry History deals obliquely with the anniversary of the great famine in Ireland, an event that I had not really been taught about as a child and its devastating effects. I wanted the painting through a selection of dates scattered across the picture plane to show that hunger is still with us to this day . When I visited Ellis Island on a visit to N.Y.C. I also became aware of the great influx of immigrants from across Europe at that time who had also suffered
the effects of famine. In all I found it a very moving experience, sometimes events from history can impinge on the present.