Gary Hanks






WHEN SOLEMN CHANTS RESOUND
19"X22"






FARTHER THAN I HAVE BEEN
20"X26"






ONE ZIENITH HOUR
28"X36"






SANCTUM PRIMORDIUM
15"X23"






FARTHER THAN I HAVE BEEN III
22"X28"






MOONGLADE
28"X36"






IN DYING LIGHT
24"X31"






FARTHER THAN I HAVE BEEN II
21"X26"






UNDER CLOISTERED VAULTS
18"X26"






A GESTURE OF FAREWELL
22"X30"






IN ANCIENT FANES
16"X19"






UNDER ANCIENT RAMPARTS
16"X19"






TOWERING THUNDERS
16"X19"






A QUIVERING SEA'S UNREST
16"X19"






THE ECHOED HALL
16"X19"






DWELL THEY IN SHADOWS
16"X19"






AN ANCIENT ORDER GRACED
16"X19"






PRIMORDIAL GOTHIC
16"X19"






THE MOON'S ATTENDANT GLOW
16"X19"






THE GATHERING DARK
16"X19"
 
 
 
Artist's Thoughts

I paint light; the hazy light of early morning and the amber glow of evening. I paint light dimmed by mist and light as it penetrates shadowy clefts and fades into vague distances. I like to conjure fanciful light, an imaginary primordial light, ancient light shining from a distant past, obeying its own rules as it casts its specral glow.

For me light is magical, having the power to lift the spirit and move the emotions. Light is mystical and illusive; its absence can be as intriguing as its presence. It is the prospect of light, in all its forms, which captivates my imagination, calls to me for expression, and propels me forward in my quest.


Biographical Notations

I began drawing and painting at about age five and have been working to build my skills ever since. As an adult I studied art at the university level having finished degrees in Studio Art, Art Education, and Art History. Some of the graduate work was done abroad in England, France, and Italy where my focus was medieval art and the history of landscape painting. There have also been many self-styled tours to remote and distant places to gather subject matter and gain inspiration.

I have exhibited my art all of my adult life and have received many awards. My work is included in many private and institutional collections.


About The Paintings

The subjects of the paintings are a composite of things I have seen and things I have imagined. I may, for example, carefully paint the likeness of a rock formation from a photograph I have taken. Then I will proceed to invent the scenery around it and to improvise the effect of light upon it.

I use some traditional watercolor painting techniques as well as some very personal and unique techniques I have developed. Traditional wet-into-wet technique is used to establish my comprehensive design idea. Then I build one glaze layer over another as I gradually develop depth and detail into the picture. It is my unique method of freely mixing transparent watercolor and opaque technique which enables me to achieve color complexity, tonal variation, and the soft subtle glow I achieve in many of the paintings. In addition I use limited amounts of synthetic medium to isolate and fix glaze layers, a technique which enhances the glow.

Each painting is a one of a kind original; I authorize no copies of any kind.


About The Drawings

The subjects of the drawings are a composite of things I have seen and things I have imagined. They are done with graphite pencil and are all one of a kind originals. I begin most of the scenic pictures by making random graphite smudges. I study the smudges looking for interesting design ideas. Using the pencils and a blending stick, I work into the smudges, gradually developing details of the imagery I desire.

In the case of the castle pictures, I usually start with a single architectural detail which interests me. Around that detail I proceed to build the picture, improvising and inventing as I go.


Purchasing The Art

All of my art is for sale and is sold through my gallery representatives. To enquire about prices and locations of specific works you may give me a call.





GARY HANKS at 920.850.8666



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