Gordon Hanley will be in residence at Morpeth
Gallery between 10am and 5pm over the weekend of
16th and 17th 18th November 2012.
MORPETH Gallery will soon host an Australian artist who is taking the international art world by storm with his unique works, painstakingly drawn in 24 carat gold and pure silver.
Biologist turned artist Gordon Hanley will unveil his latest collection called “Visions of Female Beauty” at Morpeth Gallery on November 16.
He will be in house at the 5 Green Street, Morpeth gallery, from 10am till 5pm November 16 to 18 demonstrating his art form to coincide with his exhibition and entry is free.
Clearly passionate about his craft, Hanley switched to metal point from other art mediums such as water colours and oils, a bold move that can often prove fatal and extremely costly in the fickle art world.
Hanley said Metalpoint is technically totally different to other mediums and leaves no room for error with a simple sneeze or cough, capable of destroying any work.
He said Metalpoint is barely understood but offers the artist enormous potential for new artistic opportunities.
“Drawings done entirely in 24 carat gold have a much warmer tone than drawings in pencil and when tilted to the light, the warm grey drawings come alive, reflecting the shimmer of golden light,” he said.
Hanley said portraits and figure drawings created in gold have an “ethereal” beauty quite unlike those produced by other drawing media.
“Put simply, you will not have seen anything quite like these drawings,” he said.
In fact so intricate are Hanley’s pieces, people are hard pressed to differentiate them from black and white photographs.
Hanley said there are very few artists across the world working in Metalpoint but is unaware of any drawing photorealism in Metalpoint because of its high risk failure rate.
With a background in science, Hanley, through experimentation and much trial and error, has been able to come up with a formula he says has cracked the code helping him create the perfect Metalpoint piece.
“I’m not secretive about what it is and I will be running demonstrations at the Morpeth show to explain how it works.”
Hanley’s drawings may take weeks to complete and can range in price from $2000 to $26,000.
His works on exhibition at Morpeth Gallery are testament to this tedious medium with drawings of ballerinas showing the detail in each fine layer of their tutus and one of a body builder showing the definition in every muscle.