Pat Hanly - Blast

Pat Hanly - the painter and his protests, by Trish Gribben

A generation ago in 1987, New Zealand passed legislation to make the country nuclear free. To celebrate this achievement writer, Trish Gribben and Lopdell House Gallery published a children's book featuring Pat Hanly's anti-nuclear paintings and Gil Hanly's documentary photographs. The gallery showed an exhibition of the works featured in the book as well as Claudia Pond Eyley's  documentary, No Nukes is Good Nukes and Gil Hanly's Nuclear Free: Protest Photography.

"Pat Hanly's paintings are about passion and protest, light, love and life. He painted with many different styles and subjects but this book focuses on the work made in fear or protest about nuclear weapons. In the story of New Zealand's struggle to be nuclear-free no artist is more important than Pat Hanly.

Pat Hanly was a small man with a big-hearted, wide-seeing view of the world. He was bold and brave. All through his life he painted and spoke up about political and social things that disturbed him, especially nuclear testing when France was exploding bombs at Moruroa, in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. With this book and exhibition, we hope to engage an audience of all ages and tell a very New Zealand story of the power of art to move hearts and minds."

Lopdell House text 

Publication date: August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9582895-4-2
25cm x 24cm
48 pages
Full colour illustrations
Retail: $30

Blast! 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.