ABOUT THE ARTIST
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