LINO 2024

The Captain’s Catch ~ Rew Hanks

In a recent series of deeply researched, complex and detailed compositions, renowned Sydney-based printmaker and teacher Rew Hanks delivers an engaging satirical take on colonial characters such as Captain James Cook, botanist Joseph Banks, explorer Major Thomas Mitchell, French emperor Napoleon and his wife Josephine.

Rew Hanks

Rew Hanks is a renowned Sydney-based printmaker and teacher. He has a fascination with the cultural history of Australia, peppered with sly wit and social commentary, and an execution of his medium to an unparalleled excellence. His craft is intellectually engaging and visually unique.

Researching deeply into history, the formality of Hanks’ hand belies a contemporary playfulness. These works require looking and learning to unpack their layered meanings. They show the possibility of contemporary art to both revisit the past and shape our understanding of ourselves. At the core, Hanks is a storyteller, ensuring the complexities of our shared history are reinvigorated.

Hanks has held solo exhibitions since 1982 in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and internationally in India. His work has been included in international group exhibitions in Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. Hanks has a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of Sydney.

Hanks’ work has won numerous awards, both in Australia and internationally, and is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank and several significant regional and tertiary collections.

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Rew Hanks, "Fish between the flags", 2023