From humble beginnings sketching old barns and animals on his family’s Queensland property, artist Gordon Hanley is now trying to come to terms with his latest artistic feat which puts him at the forefront of the international art world.
Hanley, whose works are sold in exclusively in Australia at Morpeth Gallery, has recently been awarded the status of “Living Master” by the prestigious US Art Renewal Centre (ARC).
The ARC defines a living master as one who has the rare talent, experience and expertise to create great humanistic works of art that are seemingly executed with effortless perfection.
Trevor Richards of Morpeth Gallery said the ARC is the largest organisation in the world promoting the cause of realist art at the highest level.
He said its website generates 20 million hits a month, is influential across the art world and has become the “go-to” standard for galleries seeking the finest living artists in the world.
The accolade puts Hanley, who is also exhibiting at a New York gallery, in the company of some of the greatest realist artists in the United States with the likes of David Kassan and Steve Hanks.
“I am the first Australian artist and the first metalpoint artist in the world to receive this accolade,” Hanley said.
“I am still trying to come to terms with it all.”
He said that in the US, he is also part of the 2015 Lustrous Lines Metalpoint Exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka California.
Hanley has come a long way from his first solo exhibition in 1990 which featured 33 paintings, all of which sold out on opening night. From this very first exhibition, the subject matter included figure – work, wildlife art and old structures, diverse subjects that have formed the basis of every exhibition and print release ever since. From 1992 Hanley has released over 100 different print titles in both open and limited edition format, making him one of the most published print artists in Australia in the past 20.
Although an oil painter for many years, Hanley switched to watercolour as his preferred medium in 1989, then to exhibition drawings from 2008. More recently he has been creating drawings in 24ct gold metal on prepared paper.
These Goldpoint drawings done in a photorealist style may take many months to complete and he is probably the only living artist in the world who is producing photorealist images in this medium.
Each artwork, which consists of hundreds of thousands of individual lines drawn with a gold wire is the product of extreme patience, precision and time.
Hanley said drawings done entirely in 24ct gold have a much warmer tone than drawings in pencil and when tilted to the light, the warm grey drawings come alive, reflecting in a shimmer of golden light.
So intricate are Hanley’s pieces, people are hard pressed to differentiate them from black and white photographs.
He said there are many artists across the world working in Metalpoint but is unaware of any drawing photorealism in Metalpoint because of its high risk failure rate.
As a result of his ARC recognition, Hanley has been inundated with requests for interviews from international art publications including the American Artists’ Magazine, The International Artist Magazine and Australian Artist.
For more information contact Trevor Richards at Morpeth Gallery on (02) 49331407. PO Box 36, Morpeth NSW 2321
5 Green Street, Morpeth NSW 2321
Phone: 02 4933 1407
Fax: 02 4934 2107
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Cooper. This will include footage of his Morpeth Gallery exhibition.
John says: “I have accepted an invitation to become a member of MASTER PAINTERS OF THE WORLD which is a closed Facebook
account consisting of artists which have been individually selected for approval from around the globe. The work of its members are
published from time to time on the open FB page https://www.facebook.com/WorldClassPainters. I believe I’m the only Australian
artist in this group.”
John went on to say, “You won’t believe this but I just got a phone call from America telling me I won the Raymar Art Contest for the
whole of 2014 from the 144 winners and finalists of the previous 12 months. In another email from John he said, “Just letting you
know I’ve been approached by two top overseas galleries. Gallery France (in France of course) and Settlers West Gallery in Tucson
Arizona which has been Howard Terpning’s only dealer for 39 years. Howard Terpning’s paintings start selling for 1 million US $ each
and go up from there.”
James Hough is about to have his next set of 5 prints released, following the success of the last series. These new images are based on Jims paintings of Blue Wrens and will be followed up with prints of finches. He also has an additional set of 4 prints about to be released in Queensland which includes this wonderful cheeky Galah image on a corn cob, titled “The Colonel”. This painting will be available for sale at Morpeth Gallery as part of the World Environment Exhibition. Meanwhile the dinner place mats and coasters produced by the Jason company in New Zealand are being sold now throughout Australasia in massive quantities introducing James work to thousands of people who would not otherwise be aware of his wonderful art. Last year a lady purchased a set of Jim’s Dinner place mats in Brisbane to take to back to France and liked the images so much she purchased 9 originals from Morpeth Gallery to be shipped over as well. This demonstrates the power of how original art is marketed through the reproductions of the artists images.
Sponsored by Shannon’s & Closebourne Village, all types of motor vehicles from veteran to new will be on display in a huge ‘show ‘n’ shine. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, food, music and amenities will be available on the grounds of Closebourne Village, opposite Campbell’s Store at Morpeth. Free Entry. For more info or to participate: Alex Clements
Visit Morpeth Gallery, where you can chat to Australia’s 12 best traditional artists. See their works at the Gallery in an informal relaxed environment. Hunter Wine & Fine Food will be available for tastings & sale. It’s a Festival of Two Palettes! Activities in Main street too!
The 16th Light Horse Troop will conduct a re-enactment parade along the main street of Morpeth on Saturday morning at 11am on 19th April 2014 they will be supported by the pipes and drums. This parade will launch the “Lest We Forget” art exhibition depicting the light horse regiments in the Boer War, World WWI and World WWII. MUST SEE
See stunning paintings of Light Horse, aeroplanes from 1st & 2nd world wars and Vietnam war, as a tribute to our veterans. Both original paintings and reproductions of the originals available for sale. FREE ENTRY
Restaurants in Morpeth will feature all things hot and spicy. Fancy a Devonshire tea with sweet chilli jam? Admission FREE.Fire up your tastebuds and get ready for an endorphin rush as Morpeth bursts with the flavours of all things hot and spicy. Taste chilli salsas, sauces, mustards, nuts, cordial, fudge, biscuits and oils.
After you’ve said hello to Grug in the courtyard, visit the Gallery to meet Grug author & illustrator Ted Prior. Have your Grug books signed from 11am-1pm & 2pm-3pm. Purchase four Grug books from Morpeth Gallery & receive one free! It’s Free Entry.
Kevin Best passed away in 2012 aged 80. D’Arcy passed away in 2001. These artists remain two of Australia’s most popular – their bush & nostalgia scenes adorning one in four Australian homes. Their typical Australian country scenes will delight. Original & reproductions will be available for viewing and for sale.
These images are extraordinary, Gordon uses pure silver and gold in a nod to 15th century Renaissance masters Arcimboldo, da Vinci & Michelangelo to create modern masterpieces, wildlife, portraits & still life – anything is possible.
At Morpeth Gallery discover hundreds of nativities in all shapes & sizes, made from all manner of materials – glass, wood, resin, tin, ceramic, pottery. Light ups, musicals, modern & traditional. Every one for sale.