2007, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: Interview with Robert Lyall Hannaford [sound recording] / Interviewer: Rob Linn. Hannaford, Robert, 1944-

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  • 2 hours 48 minutes.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Interview with Robert Lyall Hannaford /​ Interviewer: Rob Linn.
Creator
  • Hannaford, Robert, 1944-
Other Creators
  • Linn, Rob.
  • National Library of Australia. Oral History Program.
Produced
  • 2007.
Medium
  • [sound recording]
Physical Description
  • 2 hours 48 minutes.
Series
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Summary
  • An interview with Robert Hannaford, commissioned for the National Library of Australia's Eminent Australians Interviewing Program in conjunction with the State Library of South Australia's J. D. Somerville Oral History Collection. Robert Hannaford was born in Riverton South Australia. His family were farmers in Riverton. Robert has two brothers and one sister. He is known as Alfie or Alf. He talks about growing up in the country; educated in Riverton and PAC; religion; avid reader since leaving school; sport a big part of family life; won the state long jump; always good at art; left school in 1961 and worked in an advertising agency for a year; did night classes at the School of Art for a few months; did cartooning for "On Dit"; worked at the Advertiser as a cartoonist from 1964 to 1967; met Hans Heysen and Ivor Hele and both were very supportive of his art practice; drew with charcoal, then watercolour, then oils; he became a full time painter when he was 22; a great observer of humanity; brother Ian became an architect; talks about his wife Kate, they married in 1968; went to Ballarat Art school and worked with Geoff Mainwaring (World War II artist); received many commissions for portraits and landscapes; won a Bale Art Scholarship and moved to Melbourne in 1969, lasted for 4 years; learned about anatomy; moved back to Riverton in 1973; absorbed in nature; started the Bushland Conservation Co; separated from Kate in 1977; talks about the impact of relationships and separation; received many significant commissions - painted Sir Donald Bradman, Joan Sutherland; worked with Anselm van Rood and did paintings at the Adelaide Zoo; became interested in Buddhist meditation; went to India in 1981 and stayed several months; went to England; now living at Gilberton in his daughter's house; talks about Kate dying of cancer 10 years ago; talks about his diagnosis with cancer a year ago.
Biography
  • Robert Hannaford Born in 1944 on the family farm at Riverton, South Australia, Robert Hannaford is today one of Australia's leading realist painters. A strong believer in direct observation of the subject with accurate and dashing draughtsmanship, his paintings are very confident and direct. Through economy, composition and light, new dimensions and attitudes are revealed. Hannaford received no formal training as a painter, but sought the guidance of his great mentors, Sir Hans Heysen and Ivor Hele. Says Hannaford "I have forever wanted to draw, paint and sculpt my reality. I am always amazed how such works expand my reality." Hannaford was the Political Cartoonist on "The Advertiser from 1964 to 1967. He won the A.M.E. Bale Art Scholarship in 1969-73, and won the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 1990. Winning Viewer Prize Archibald in 1991 and 1998, he has been at the forefront of Australian Portrait Awards. Hannaford was the inaugural "Fleurieu Prize" Winner in 1998. Hannaford was again selected as a finalist for the 2002 Archibald Prize. Most recently he has been commissioned to undertake the enormous task of painting the opening of Parliament for the Centenary of Federation, to be a companion for the famous Tom Roberts work. Hannaford is also a committed lover of the Australian native flora and fauna and is the founder of the Bushland Conservation Company. SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2000 Artarmon Galleries Sydney 1998 Hill-Smith Fine Art Adelaide 1996 Hill-Smith Fine Art Adelaide 1994 Artarmon Galleries, Sydney 1992 Barry Newton Gallery Adelaide 1989 Barry Newton Gallery Adelaide Holdsworth Gallery Sydney Commissions/​portraits: Dame Joan Sutherland Sir Donald Bradman Sir Edward Woodward Hon. Paul Keating, Ex Prime Minister Jean Blackburn, VC Canberra University Hon. Bob Hawke, Ex Prime Minister Sir Gerard Brennen, Chief Justice of the High Court Professor Rolf Prince.
Notes
  • National Library number TRC.
  • Recorded on 14 March 2007.
  • Available on CD (3 discs)
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Language
  • English
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