David Hinchliffe is back with his new collection of “Recent Paintings”, exhibiting at Red Hill Gallery. On Friday 10 August, the gallery will open its door for what is sure to be a memorable Hinchliffe extravaganza. With scenes from New York, London, Paris, Brisbane and many more, this globe trotting artists style is sure to steal the hearts of many art lovers and collectors.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1976 in Toowoomba Australia at the age of 21, Hinchliffe has had more than 60 solo exhibitions including paintings, sculpture and photographs in locations around the world. He has been painting, exhibiting and selling his work in galleries since the age of 12 and won numerous competitions as a young artist (Sunday Mail Art Prize, ABC Argonauts Award, Atlantic City Sculpture Award, Toowoomba Gemini prize). He is also a regular finalist in Tattersalls Landscape Prize. Described by the late Australian Artist James Gleeson as having an “exceptional talent”, he has emerged from 3 decades of work in the public domain to return with renewed passion to his career as a painter.
Hinchliffe’s recent work deals with the urban environment in its many forms in cities around the world as well as an abiding affinity with the Australian landscape. It is a response to light. He likes the movement of light across a surface — whether it be a valley, river, street or the human form.
He particularly enjoys the shapes, the noise and the shadows of city landscapes – whether it’s the drama of lower East Side in New York, the reflections in the canals of Venice, the romance of Paris streets, the crowded pedestrian footpaths of Brisbane city, or the treed streets near his home in inner suburban New Farm and studio in Fortitude Valley Australia.
“I know it’s fashionable to say that painting is a ‘release’ from the pressures of the world or that the act of painting keeps the artist ‘sane’. I don’t find that at all. I feel quite ‘insane’ when I’m painting. I feel an enormous concentration and focus when I paint…and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.