Pat Hanly (1932-2004) was a painter born in Palmerston North, New Zealand. His works of arts proposed a new manner of looking at New Zealand – the land and its people.
According to New Zealand’s Arts Foundation, “His art heralded new ways of thinking about this country – as a nation that belonged to the young and the adventurous, to the dreamers and to those who could see the vital place the island nation could have within Polynesia and the broader Pacific.”
When you see his paintings, you can easily categorize them into passion and protest, light, love and life. He is a strong believer in keeping New Zealand free of nuclear and even made paintings and prints in fear or protest about nuclear weapons. Pat Hanly is as iconic as New Zealand’s struggle to be nuclear-free.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of going nuclear free, the New Zealand Maritime Museum is holding an exhibition of work from this great artist and anti-nuclear protestor. The exhibition will also feature documentary photographs by Gil Hanly.
If you have time to go to a museum, make sure this is on your list! The exhibition will be held until November 13, 2012. If you want to interact, come on a third Sunday. There will be a selected guest at the Edmiston Gallery to speak on their personal journey that helped New Zealand free of nuclear.
Check out more information at the New Zealand Maritime Museum’s official website.