Girl with Hen

Painted portrait of a girl with dark hair, red t-shirt and blue jeans, holding a hen in her left arm, and standing against a dark backdrop
Gráinne Moloney, Girl with Hen, 2021. © Gráinne MoloneyCredit

Gráinne Moloney

Girl with Hen, 2021

Oil on canvas

This is a portrait of Kayla with her hen, Ninja. Kayla keeps hens with her mother in Ennis, County Clare. She has lots of experience with the work involved in caring for these animals. The artist draws from her own experience growing up on a farm, as one of a large family. This painting is part of a series exploring the role of children in such a setting – their interests, their work and their responsibilities. 

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