Lesser known in the United States but supremely gifted and prolific, a renowned “Down Under” portraitist is the subject of a well deserved retrospective in Australia. Will you recognize his name?
For the last 50 years, artist Robert Hannaford has produced a monumental number of exquisite drawings, paintings, portraits, and much more. Now, the Art Gallery of South Australia is overjoyed to celebrate the artist’s masterful career with a well earned retrospective.
Opened on July 2 and running through October 9, the exhibition “assembles many previously unseen portrait and figure drawings alongside some of the artist’s more familiar paintings,” the gallery writes. “Many of Hannaford’s favorite artists from the Art Gallery’s collection will be included in the exhibition, bringing him into conversation with 500 years of art. Revered for his ability to capture the true nature or ‘essence’ of his sitters and recipient of numerous important commissions and awards, Hannaford has been selected as a finalist for the Archibald Prize over the past twenty-five years, winning the people’s choice three times.”
To learn more, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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