Born in Dublin, Jane Garland studied Printmaking at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She is a member of the Black Church Print Studio since 1995, and works mainly in the area of screenprint. Her work has been selected for several group shows in Ireland, including RHA Annual exhibitions and the Irish Exhibition of Living Art. She has also been selected for exhibitions in Britain including group shows at the Barbican, the Mall Galleries, the Curwen Gallery and the Bradford International Print Exhibition.
This print is one of a series referencing the Percy Metcalf designs for Irish coinage in the early years of Irish independence. In 1926 the government of the newly founded Irish Free State formed a committee, chaired by W.B. Yeats, to plan for new Irish coinage. The committee decided on a design featuring a series of animals important to Ireland’s then mainly agricultural economy. The prints check-in with the animals to see how they are doing 85 years later, when a group of pigs no longer refers to the image on the halfpenny.