Born Palmerston North, New Zealand
Turner Prize for Landscape
Stage Manager at the Gargoyle Club in London
Received Italian Government Scholarship, which allowed him to paint the 'Showgirl' series in Florence.
Received Dutch Government Scholarship, used to paint The Massacre of the Innocents Series
Returned to New Zealand
Commissioned by Sir Miles Warren to paint Rainbow Pieces for the Christchurch Town Hall
Blast! Pat Hanly -The Painter and his Protests by Trish Gribben, published by Lopdell House
Blast! Pat Hanly -The Painter and his Protests distributed to all New Zealand primary and intermediate schools
Blast! the exhibition tours New Zealand
BiographyPat Hanly - Painter
"To express what he saw [Pat Hanly] developed a special way of working that was part action painting and part tight form. Out of this emerged beautiful paintings of gardens and still life's where the power streamed from flowers and figure studies that were filled with energy inside severe outlines... Everything that Pat Hanly did had a kind of innocence that came from his sincerity in life and art. He embraced all things and gave other artists courage to be themselves."
Obituary in the New Zealand Herald, 25 September, 2004, by T. J. McNamara,
Throughout his long career, Patrick Hanly juggled his need to express his response to matters of social conscience with his gift for creating paintings that convey great joyfulness. The resulting works were, variously, political, reflective of 'the human condition' or observational, particularly of family and friends. (1)
Russell Haley, close friend of the artist and author of Hanly: A New Zealand Artist' reminds us that, as a primary school student, Pat Hanly's "total preoccupation with painting and drawing was actively discouraged by a male teacher". In 1948, prior to Hanly completing his fourth form year at Palmerston North Boys High, his parents withdrew him from school and organised his apprenticeship with Bert Pratt Ltd, in the hope that Hanly would become a hairdresser.
With his first wages, he bought a book of Rembrandt's drawings, which his mother quickly removed to ensure that her son was not exposed to any nudes. His mother encouraged him to enrol in night classes at the Palmerston North Technical College, which led to Hanly sitting his art school preliminary examinations in 1951. Due to the fact that Hanly left school before he matriculated, Hanly enrolled in 1952 as a non-Diploma student at the Canterbury College School of Art. As a non-Diploma student, no records of his achievements were ever kept, however, it is well known that Hanly won the 1953 Turner Prize for Landscape which was open to all students.
After leaving the Canterbury College School of Art, Hanly travelled to Europe.
Hanly worked to the mantra of "do no early works". To this end, Hanly nearly completely destroyed 'The Massacre of the Innocents Series. Hanly has destroyed, repainted or 'cleaned' any works that did not meet his high standards.
Returning to New Zealand in 1962, Hanly began painting full time, although he accepted a part time lectureship in drawing at the Auckland University School of Architecture. Hanly won the Manawatu Prize for Contemporary Art in 1966, and in 1963, '64 and '67 his works were included in international exhibitions of New Zealand art.
Women have been depicted in many of Hanly's paintings, not just for themselves, but as part of a larger context. They are not individual women, but represent the universal experience of women.
Hanly often worked in series and his most well known include: Figures in Light,'Fire and Vacation,The Fire this Time, Massacre of the Innocents',Pure Painting and Condition, Thunderland, Fire, Innocence, Pacific Icons, Energy, Inside the Garden, Torso and Golden Age.
Pat Hanly retired after the Bouquets series of 1994.
The Pat Hanly Family Trust is delighted that Lopdell House distributed BLAST! Pat Hanly --the painter and his protests, by Trish Gribben, to every New Zealand primary and intermediate school library. A grant from The Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET) set up after the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior with compensation money from France, is making it possible for the publishers, Lopdell House Gallery, to distribute the 1100 books. BLAST! is written for children aged from eight to 12 years and focuses on Pat Hanly's anti-nuclear paintings. It also includes photographs by Gil Hanly. Trish Gribben said she wrote it as a way of telling a new generation something of New Zealand's anti-nuclear struggle while keeping Pat Hanly's work alive.
Blast! Pat Hanly: the Painter and his Protests, can be ordered from: Lopdell House Gallery, PO Box 60 109, Titirangi, Waitakere City 0642 or by phone 09 817 8087 x201 or fax 09 817 3340.