Moonshine – SOLD


Moonshine (Barn Owl)  Original Metalpoint 24K Gold and Platinum 35cm x 47cm on art rag paper – SOLD

 Artists Comment:” The setting for this image was an old building in Green Street that runs on the eastern side of the gallery. Known locally as “Ron’s Shed” it was the source of several backgrounds for my owl drawings. On my first trip back to Morpeth following covid, I saw that the block on which the old shed had stood for so long was now levelled, flat grass, the only testament to its passing was a few planks of timber and a couple of pipes. The shed was no more. Vale Ron’s Shed.

Very few wildlife subjects can be successfully depicted in monochrome, especially low-key renditions in black and white. Nocturnal animals are the exception because in their habitat, colour is not an issue. This goes some way to explain why I have a seemingly disproportionate number of owls and possums as subjects in my silverpoint /goldpoint work. The same is true in depicting white birds, which I invariably portray on a white background – a perfect foil for the inherent beauty and subtlety of a goldpoint drawing. My aim in all of the Barn Owl drawings is to confront the viewer with an image that appears so real, that it is something of a shock to realise that it is not a photograph. I have tended to pose these birds in old shed or barn windows, with all the rusty tin, decaying and weathered timber and lichens which add to the sense of photographic realism. This of course presents a challenge for the artist, especially in a medium that is non-correctable. If a mistake is made in a metalpoint drawing, it cannot be erased – unlike in a pencil drawing. This was the primary reason for the decline, then disappearance of metalpoint as an art medium some 400 years ago. Graphite had a number of immediate advantages over drawing with a gold or silver wire: graphite drawings could be done on unprepared paper, mistakes could be erased, graphite was much less expensive than precious metals, but most importantly, allowed an uninterrupted tonal range from white to dark grey. What was lost in the demise of these strange drawings that shimmer with a golden light was a beauty of line, a richness and depth of tone, combined with precision and longevity that few other art media can rival”.

Gordon Hanley is Australia’s first ever “Living Master” (Art Renewal Centre), the largest art organisation in the world.  In 2014, Gordon was made a Living Master by the Art Renewal Centre in the USA.   Working like the Renaissance old masters: Raphael, Da Vinci and Durer with 24ct gold and pure silver, platinum, palladium and other precious metals in a technique known as ‘Goldpoint’, which is the art of drawing with a metal rod of 24 carat Gold directly on to a sheet of prepared paper. To make marks on paper with a precious metal, the paper has to be first prepared with a special abrasive undercoat of Marble Dust from Michelangelo’s Carrara Quarry in Italy. Gordon’s work has been exposed to a much wider audience through the introduction of prints, biscuit tins, tapestry, placemats, jigsaw puzzles and calendars, which means more people will get to know his work and it will become more valuable.  He has received critical acclaim both in Australia and overseas.

Original metalpoint drawing by ARC Living Master Gordon Hanley

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