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Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.49.15 AMFrom 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.

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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
email info@morpethgallery.com
Web: www.morpethgallery.com

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You’re Invited to celebrate World Environment Day with us at Morpeth Gallery


Thursday 5th June until Monday 9th June.


Meet the artists and see them painting in the gallery over the weekend. Have your photo taken with them.

Each artist has painted some special original artworks for this stunning exhibition of Wildlife Art. This exhibition comes on top of

some wonderful news from many of our Gallery Artists.


Gordon Hanley says: “I thought I would let you know that I have just been awarded the status of “Living Master” by the ARC, (Art

Revival Centre in USA). It is the largest art organisation in the world and is dedicated to the cause of realist art at the highest level. The

ARC website generates 20 million hits a month and is very influential across the art world.”


It puts Gordon in the company of some of the greatest realist artists in the US with the likes of David Kassan, Steve Hanks, and all of

the top portrait artists there. Gordon is the first Australian Artist and the first Metalpoint artist in the world to receive this accolade.

He is still coming to terms with it all.


Even though this news is only just starting to filter out, Gordon has already been offered to write articles for the following magazines.

• 10 page article in Australian Artist JULY edition – a special 30th birthday souvenir edition.

• American Artist’s Magazine (USA) July/Aug edition. 5 pages featuring still life demo.

• International Artist Magazine Feb/Mar edition 2015, with an article & 5-8 pages of images.

• 25 images featured on ARC Gallery website receives 20 Million hits per month.

• Australian Artist magazine watercolour article, for future publication.

Gordon’s work will be featured in USA as part of the Lustrous Lines Metalpoint Exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in

Eureka, CA. in 2015.


Meanwhile John McCartin has continued to blitz international art competitions with a stunning succession of major art wins, as ‘best

in the world’, in a number of art competitions open to artists from around the globe.

• International Awards now number 11:

• International Artist Magazine – Grand Prize 2011 – (this was for the Dairy d’Light cows)

• International Artist Magazine 2nd Prize 2013

• RayMar Art Contest Annual Grand Prize 2014 – (Winter Morning Kangarilla)

• RayMar Art Contest Monthly Best of Show 2014 (Winter Morning Kangarilla)

• Bold Brush Painting Contest Monthly Best of Show 2014 – (portrait of granddaughter)

• Bold Brush Painting Contest Monthly Finalist 2014

• Shades of Grey Annual Drawing Competition 3rd Prize 2014

• Mortimer Prize – 1st Prize Drawing Category 2013 -

• The Artists Magazine Art Competition Finalist 2013

• Artistic Excellence Art Competition – Runner up 2013

The following magazines have published articles on John McCartin during 2013 & 2014.

• International Publications: Shades of Gray, International Artis, Plein Air, American Art Collector, South West Art.

• Australian Publications: Australian Artist Magazine, Artist s Palette Magazine, Hills Magazine.



A new film about William T Cooper AO will be aired on ABC 1 at 10 pm on 10th June 2014, titled Birdman: The Art of William T

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.


Morpeth Motorama

Sunday 2nd March, 2014

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


M: 0411 118 673

Ph 02 4933 1407



Festival of Two Palettes

Sat 8th & Sunday 9th March 2014.

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!

Ph 02 4933 1407


Australian Red Cross Turns 100

March to July 2014.

In the Cabinets of CuriositiesA tribute to Australian Red Cross with memorabilia from 1914-2014 – through WW1, WW2 to modern times.  FREE entry.

Ph 02 4933 1407




Hunter Valley Steamfest  

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April, 2014

Dedicated solely to steam, Ride on a Steam Train.  See steam traction engines.  Enjoy the Farmers Markets and Fine Food.  For train tickets Ph:02 4931 2800. www.maitlandhuntervalley.com.au


Parade of The Light Horse

Sat 19th  April 2014

Morpeth Gourmet Foods,

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



‘Lest We Forget’ Art Exhibition

Thurs 17th – 20th April 2014

& Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th April

Morpeth Gallery

 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


Morpeth Fiery Food Feast

Sat 26th – Sun 27th April 2014

Morpeth Gourmet Foods,

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.



Tocal Field Days

Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May, 2014

Tocal College, Paterson Road, Tocal

Visit these massive field days just north of Morpeth to see how hobby farming is conducted.  Yabbies, Olives, Emu, Deer, Cattle, Goats and Horses to name a few along with craft and food.  www.tocal.com


Mother’s Day at Morpeth

Sunday 11th May, 2014

Campbell’s Store Craft Centre, Morpeth

Pamper your mum with a day out in Morpeth.  Take mum

shopping for that special gift.  Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Morpeth with a traditional Devonshire Tea with real jam and cream at Servant’s Quarter’s Tearoom.  Open for breakfast from 9am.



Chapel Jazz

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May 2014.

Held in the three churches, shops, restaurants and pubs at Morpeth.

New Orleans and Traditional Jazz returns to Morpeth.

Jazz bands playing in and around the churches.



Wildlife Art Exhibition. (FREE Admission)

Thurs 5th – Monday 9th June 2014.

Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth.

Ph 02 4933 1407


Birds, animals and plants painted by Australia’s Leading Wildlife Artists in a spectacular display of investment art.


Greet Grug at Morpeth

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June, 2014.

 Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St

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 & d’Arcy Doyle

Retrospective Art Exhibition.

Thurs 3rd – Sunday 6th July 2014.

Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth.

Ph 02 4933 1407 (FREE ADMISSION)

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.


Morpeth Weird and Wonderful

‘Morpeth Tea Party’

Run over two weeks, every day, from Thurs 21st Aug till Sun 31st Aug 2014.  Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St

Two weeks of visual extravaganza featuring the amazing creativity of teapot makers from all over Australia and around the world…And the best part is….

it’s all-FREE.  A staggering 3,847 teapots are on their way from every state in Australia & overseas.

All teapots are for sale.  Novelty Tea Cosy Competition – entry forms on www.campbellsstoremorpeth.com

or phone and we’ll post one out.


Metalpoint Art Exhibition by Gordon Hanley

Thursday 2nd  to Sunday 6th October 2014.

Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth.

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.


Christmas Nativity Exhibition

 1st November – 28th December 2014.

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.


Maitland Fair Markets

The first Sunday of every month (not January)  plus 19th Oct, 16th Nov, 14th Dec.  Maitland Showground 8am-2pm. Phone 02 4962 5522

Over 600 sites display the best made, grown and crafted goods.  Next stop… Morpeth, for Fine Food & Craft, FREE Ginger Beer, Fudge & Honey Tasting and afternoon tea!  www.maitlandmarkets.com.au


Stay in Morpeth:





For Information on any of these events

Contact: Campbell’s Store Craft Centre

175 Swan Street Morpeth NSW 2321.

Open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Ph 02 4933 1407  Fax 02 4934 2107

Email: info@morpethgallery.com

Website:  www.morpethgallery.com

Website: www.morpethteddybears.com

Website:  www.campbellsstoremorpeth.com

All of the above events cater for children.

Disabled facilities including toilets are available

Campbell’s Store MORPETH is just 2 hours north of Sydney, in the Hunter Valley,  5 minutes off the New England Highway at East Maitland and 15 minutes off the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace.


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MORPETH’S Weird and Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition is back, this year with an “electrifying” twist.


The exhibition, which kicks off on Thursday, August 22 and runs until Sunday September 1 at Morpeth Gallery, will feature a quirky display of electric jugs.

Art Deco urn-style jugs, jugs with Bakelite lids, scissor lids and sliding lids, are just a few of the “retro” designs that will be on view.

Hecla was a brand name synonymous with electrical appliances and the company’s Grecian urn style was a favourite in many Aussie kitchens dating back to the 1920s.

One Hundred and Seven electric jugs with a total value of more than $17,000 will be on display during the two weeks of the exhibition.

Trevor Richards from Morpeth Gallery said the jug display will be a nostalgic journey for many who view it.

“The jug display came about by accident when we were offered an almost complete collection from a deceased estate,” Mr Richards said.

“We took that on and then my wife Shirley picked up a rare face jug from a doll fair in Liverpool. This is valued at $1500.”

He said the face jugs could not be bought but were given as prizes by the manufacturer for competitions.

Aussies pioneered the use of electric jugs in the 1920s, quickly followed by New Zealanders.

The United States and European countries thought it too dangerous to mix electricity and water in a domestic situation.

This year marks the 21st birthday of the Morpeth teapot exhibition.

Mr Richards said there will be almost 3800 teapots on display worth a total value of $163,000

While the exhibition was planned to be axed next year, Mr Richards quickly changed his mind after a survey at a trade fair in Sydney revealed overwhelming support to keep it running.

Trevor Richards

5 Green Street Morpeth NSW 2321

Telephone: 0249331407, fax 0249331407

Email info@morpethgallery.com, www.morpethgallery.com




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