Manchester Art Gallery

Pat Flynn: Half-life of a Miracle

The exhibition Half-life of a Miracle presented a decade of photography and film by British contemporary artist Pat Flynn from 2005 to 2015 for the most comprehensive survey of his art to date.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 25 September 2015–Sunday 17 April 2016


We all tell ourselves stories in order to make sense of the ‘reality’ of the world around us. Flynn’s stories are drawn from popular culture, art history and his experience of growing up in Greater Manchester. Together they provide the starting point for his digital imagery, entirely created using 3D computer graphics software. The Wizard of Oz, the Church of Catherine of Siena in Lowton near Wigan and American minimalist artist Dan Flavin are all source material for his photograph Juice 2015 for example. By making fiction appear as fact, Half-life of a Miracle highlights and questions the reliability of our belief systems.

A full colour exhibition publication accompanied this exhibition with a catalogue essay by Daniel C. Blight.

Today we better understand how photography represents our desire to fix temporary objects in a permanent image. Our personal systems of belief, in which we trust that someone exists or that something is true, lie at the heart of Pat’s photography and films.

Exhibition curator Kate Jesson reflects on Flynn’s work at Cultue24.


Artist Biography

Pat Flynn (born 1972) lives and works in Manchester and studied MA Fine Art at Manchester Art School. His previous solo exhibitions include: Cold Children at Marion Scharmann, Köln (2013) and at The International 3, Salford (2012); Draw me a castle at Chapter, Cardiff (2007). Previous group exhibitions include: Sublime at Pushkinskaya 10, St Petersburg (2014), The Tomorrow People at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, London (2013); and Digital Aesthetic? at Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston (2012). His work is held in a number of public and private collections including Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre; the University of Salford Art Collection and Inflexion Private Equity. Pat Flynn is represented by The International 3 (Salford) and Marion Scharmann (Köln).

We are grateful to Spectrum Photographic for supporting the production of the photographs.


…it sticks in your head like a good ad…

ArtSlant:Los Angeles

This is a fascinating exhibition that has the power to amuse, provoke and entertain. It messes with your head and your heart.

Flux Magazine


Cheeses 2015, C-type print, dibond ©Pat Flynn Courtesy the artist and The International 3 On loan from the University of Salford Art Collection

Juice 2015, C-type print, dibond ©Pat Flynn Courtesy the artist and The International 3

Healer (detail) 2015, C-type print, acrylic, aluminium ©Pat Flynn Courtesy the artist and The International 3


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 The International 3
Spectrum Photo