Born in Castlemaine in central Victoria, Dennis was educated at Harcourt North primary school, Castlemaine Technical School and finally completing a Diploma of Art (Painting) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Dennis spend two years in industry, spending twelve months at Neon Electrics and the remainder painting stage scenery at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.
The next thirty years were spent teaching art in the Victorian Education Departments Technical School and Technical and Further Education divisions. Throughout this teaching career Dennis has continued his to practice his art in the forms of painting, drawing, printing, ceramics and leadlighting. In latter years he has completed around thirty murals throughout Gippsland and continued to paint, draw and be involved in ceramics with his wife Beverly who is well known in the Art Makers Markets circuit.
Dennis’ work is largely figurative, the landscape being a favourite subject. Always looking for strong design elements, he tries to capture the essence of the subject matter as well as its visual appearance. Dennis hopes to continue this work as he and Bev tour this continent of ours and shares his images with the people around him.
Adrian began his painting journey in the early 80s by joining the Wonthaggi Art Group.
While attending workshops he was able to gain sufficient knowledge of the painting process to develop his own style of capturing the light in the landscape.
Australian impressionists Peter Smales, Max Wilks and English painter David Curtis have been a source of inspiration and learning. Adrian has exhibited and painted extensively throughout Victoria and NSW with water colour artist Bob Pelchen. The Southern Grampians and the high country around Mansfield and Mt Buller have provided spectacular ‘plein air’ painting challenges in recent times. Adrian is a past recipient of the Bass Coast acquisitive award and has been invited to judge at many local art shows.
He has a long association with the Australian Guild of Realist Artists ( AGRA ).
In 2011 he was awarded a guild fellowship for outstanding achievement.
‘I try to achieve a determined work practice to help solve problems that may arise during the painting process. Varying my technique and subject throws up many challenges. I believe working in this manner improves my development as a landscape painter’.
Dr Tony Hanning.
PhD (Monash University 2008)
P.O. Box 113 Yinnar VIC 3869
Dr. Tony Hanning is an internationally recognised glass artist whose work is represented in all major collections in Australia and many overseas collections including the V&A Museum in London and the Tacoma Art Museum in the USA.
He is the author of ‘Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work’ published by Wakefield Press (Adelaide 2012)
Represented: Victoria and Albert Museum London: Tacoma Art Museum USA: Hsin Chou Glass Museum Taiwan: Australian National Gallery Canberra: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Sydney: Queensland Art Gallery: Art Gallery of South Australia: Museums and Galleries of the Northern Territory: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: National Gallery of Victoria: Art Gallery of Western Australia: Rockhampton Art Gallery: Tweed River Art Gallery: Queen Victorian Museum and Art Gallery Launceston. Devonport Art Gallery; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: Geelong Art Gallery: Gippsland Art Gallery: Latrobe Regional Gallery: Artbank: Parliament House Canberra: Parliament House Sydney: NSW Premiers Collection Qon Dong China. Crafts Council of Australia Sydney:
Publications: Nick Mount The Fabric of Work. Wakefield Press Adelaide 2012.
Australian Signatures Wagga Wagga 2012.
Geelong Gallery Collections. Geelong Gallery 2013
International Glass 60 Artists in the V&A. Jennifer Hawkins Opie: V&A Publications 2004.
Glass: A Contemporary Art. Dan Klein: Rizzoli London 1989
A Survey of Glass in the World Kyryudo Publishing Tokyo 1990
Stained Glass in Australia. Jenny Zimmer Oxford University Press
The Crafts Movement in Australia. Grace Cochrane. NSW University Press
Masters of Their Craft Noris Ioannou Craftsman House
The Studio Glass Movement Noris Ioannou Craftsman House
Australian Glass Today Margot Osborne Wakefield Press Adelaide