Australian Art Portfolio – GORDON HANLEY – Those Sunshine Days Collection – The Hairdressers
The Artist: Gordon Hanley
Gordon Hanley was born in England and travelled to Australia with his parents as a five year old, spending most of his childhood and teenage years on his parent’s property in rural southeast Queensland. He began drawing from an early age, gaining inspiration from the subject matter around him. These were subjects found in every country area and included wildlife, old barns, abandoned cars, and botanicals, generally anything that was interesting at the time.
Graduating from high school with a Commonwealth University Scholarship, he went to the University of NSW and the University of Queensland, obtaining a B.Sc. in biology, a B.A., and a Diploma of Education. He illustrated many scientific papers during this time, developing a talent for meticulous accuracy and realism, drawing and painting subjects from life. After a five-year stint in the Navy and some years as a teacher, Gordon decided to pursue a career in art.
Gordon Hanley is a scientist by profession and an artist by choice. He paints a wide range of subject matter that includes birds, wildlife, nostalgia and portraits in a hyper-realist style. Self-taught, he is widely recognized as one of the very top watercolourists in the world today, raising this medium to new heights.
His first solo exhibition held in 1990 sold out on opening night. From 1992 Gordon has released over 100 different print titles in both open and limited edition format. More recently Gordon has been creating drawings in 24ct gold metal on prepared paper which are done in a photorealist style. His artworks make him one of the most published and popular artist in Australia today.
His paintings can be found in many public, private and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas.