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Art classes in the William Robinson Gallery

Finding the colour in life: a painting workshop with Maureen Hansen

I interpret nature in the most honest way you can–so what comes out is not contrived or clever–it's just the way I see it–may not be the way you see it.

Maureen Hansen

Learn how to capture the vibrancy and rhythms of life with artist, curator and musician, Maureen Hansen.

Maureen graduated from Queensland University of Technology with Bachelor of Fine Arts and currently works as an art curator and a freelance fine art teacher. She has exhibited widely in Australia and London and has work held in various public and private collections including the QUT Art Collection, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Wesley Art Collection and Ipswich Art Gallery. Her paintings are often colourful observations of life in Queensland–Queenslanders foregrounding urban high rises, familiar landscapes, and snapshots from the 'streets of our town'. The influence of her former teacher William Robinson is visible in her loving depictions of landscapes, domestic spaces and still lifes. She is inspired by nature and the colours of nature, observing her subjects for hours in an attempt to interpret nature in the most honest way she can, presenting a unique perspective.

Maureen is also a member of Brisbane band The Casurinas. Their most recent EP, Into the clearing, was produced by Robert Forster of The Go Betweens. Robert was also the subject of a painting Maureen made that was included in the Salon des Refuses 2015 (the 'alternative' selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes) and featured in the Berlin edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Join Maureen for a hands-on workshop and learn more about capturing the beauty, vibrancy and energy of nature through colour.

This program is part of an ongoing series of art classes delivered by William Robinson alumni and held in the William Robinson Gallery that celebrate the connections Robinson has woven between himself, his subjects, and his students.

This program is suitable for beginners, and the ticket price includes all workshop materials and refreshments.

Place Old Government House
Date Saturday 9 July
Time 9.30am to 12.30pm
Cost $40 (includes all materials and refreshments)

Maureen HANSEN
Petrie Terrace dusk 2014
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Heiser Gallery

May 2016