Monthly Archives: June 2014




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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.49.00 AM

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.48.41 AM

















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

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 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.