Wildlife, Nostalgia & Metalpoint Artist
Watercolour & Metalpoint on Fine Art Paper
Gordon Hanley realised many years ago that watercolours could be used to create images like no other, and he began to rapidly explore the potential of this challenging medium. Entirely self taught, Gordon can turn his hand to many things. Born in England, Gordon travelled to Australia as a 5 year old. He paints from his studio in Brisbane, Queensland.
A favourite is his 1950 and 1960’s nostalgic images of children in scenes familiar to that time – purchasing fish and chips, getting a bowl haircut, playing nurses and doctors etc…
Because of his Biological training, Gordon is known for his Australian bird paintings, which led him from 2000-2004 to an ambitious project painting Parrots of the World and involved the creation of 244 watercolour paintings. During 2005 Gordon travelled to the UK to collect images for 72 paintings of birds of prey used in falconry. He then painted every model of Rolls Royce made since 1905. Gordon is also an official artist for the Magic Millions, a prestigious organisation, which sells racehorses.
Gordon is now drawing Metalpoints, with 99.9% pure silver and 24ct gold. Metalpoint is a technique once used by the 15thC Renaissance masters: Raphael, da Vinci & Durer. It has taken Gordon 2 years to perfect the art & the results are stunning!
Gordon’s first solo exhibition was a sell out at Morpeth Gallery in 1990.His work has been exhibited at Morpeth Gallery ever since. From 1992 onwards Gordon has released hundreds of open & limited edition prints & images used for tins, tapestries, calendars and placemats.