ABOUT THE ARTIST

International Artist - - Watercolour Workshop - Con­tact at: www.gor­don­han­ley.com.au Rep­re­sented by: » » Morpeth Gallery, NSW, Aus­tralia Au­rum Gallery, Queen­stown, New Zealand

Born in 1954 in South­port Eng­land, Gor­don Han­ley mi­grated by boat to Aus­tralia with his par­ents in May 1960. Win­ner of a Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity Schol­ar­ship, he at­tended Univer­sity of NSW and then Univer­sity of Queens­land and holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence, Bach­e­lor of Arts and Di­ploma of Ed­u­ca­tion.after serv­ing fi ve years in the mil­i­tary, he worked as a teacher in sci­ence, math­e­mat­ics, his­tory, art and English lit­er­a­ture. Dur­ing this time he worked at de­vel­op­ing a rec­og­niz­able paint­ing style. Fol­low­ing two con­sec­u­tive sold- out ex­hi­bi­tions, in 1990 and 1991, at Ken­more Gallery in Bris­bane, he be­gan life as a full-time artist.

Fas­ci­nated by the draw­ings of da Vinci, Raphael and Michelan­gelo, from 2009 Han­ley’s art shifted from wa­ter­color paint­ing to draw­ings in the Re­nais­sance medium of met­al­point. Mov­ing from the more tra­di­tional sil­ver on pa­per, most of his re­cent work fea­tures draw­ings in 24ct gold on pa­per with pre­pared grounds of his own de­sign and de­vel­op­ment. Us­ing con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing tech­niques, he has moved this an­cient art form into pre­vi­ously un­ex­plored ter­ri­tory, open­ing it up to new pos­si­bil­i­ties. Although his cur­rent fo­cus in met­al­point tends mainly to­ward the hu­man fig­ure and por­traits, he also draws wildlife and still life sub­jects.

Over the past fi ve years, he’s passed his knowl­edge on to hun­dreds of other artists in live demon­stra­tions and has been the sub­ject of a num­ber of TV pro­grams and mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles. His con­tri­bu­tion to real­ist artist was rec­og­nized by the Art Re­newal Cenre, which awarded him the sta­tus of “Liv­ing Mas­ter” in April 2014, be­com­ing the first Aus­tralian artist and first met­al­point artist to be granted that ac­co­lade.

Han­ley is hav­ing a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in wa­ter­colour, gold­point and mixed me­dia at the Aar­wun Gallery in Can­berra in mid-novem­ber 2018.

Be­neath the South­ern Cross

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