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Prints in the SLSA
This print is a good example of the artist's high level of technical skill with printmaking. Not only is the work exceptionally detailed with finite precise carving, it is an illustration of Hanrahan's mastery for applying layered colour.
This work is part of a series in the Library's collection of 'Seasons' made by Hanrahan in 1977/82. These naturally include the titles of "Summer", 'Autumn', 'Winter' and 'Spring'. The works are typically detailed, with a strong use of colour to create detailed patternation.
'The narrative aspect of Hanrahan's frequently is strongly laced with moralistic overtones... Hanrahan enjoys creating levels of meaning and veils of ambiguity. The seductive beauty of her surfaces conceal an acidity in context; a strange and disturbed world with a haunting presence' (Grishin: 1994).
The Dog, the Cat
This large, two-sectioned work is an example of Hanrahan's skill in creating bold, vibrant shapes with her engraving technique. In comparison to her later, exquisitely defined pieces like the 'Seasons' series (1977), or 'The Actress' (1979), this work is a strong, chunky interpretation of her subject and is evidence of the application of a different technique, for example wood block.
(Hanrahan) enjoys creating levels of meaning and veils of ambiguity. The seductive beauty of her surfaces conceal an acidity in context; a strange and disturbed world with a haunting presence' (Grishin: 1994). This thematic work consists of an aerial shot of the 'Flying Mother', her body faces up to the sky as the viewer's eye is led to the landscape below.
Garden of Eden
This black and white artist's proof has a high level of detail. Multiple engraved labels, just above the outline of figures and animals include (top centre -bottom left); Rat, sheep, insect, fish, snake, lizard, dog, lion, kangaroo; The Hoopoe, parrot, Eve, rooster, fox, pussy, monkey, cat, leopard, pig, rabbit; duck, owl, Adam and insect.
Barbara Hanrahan and Shirley Megson
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The Art of the Writer
This poster is based on a work entitled 'Sun and Moon and the Eye of God' (1988) and is an advertisement for one of Hanrahan's literary works entitled 'Good Night, Mr Moon' published by UQP. The original work is an example of Hanrahan's skill in creating strong shapes and patterns with her engraving technique.
This poster is an advertisement which features an image of Hanrahan's artistc work to promote one of her literary works, 'Dream People'. The poster has pictorial and text references to images which closely relate to those in the work entitled 'Sun and Moon and the Eye of God' (1988).
Girl with Cat
This poster is based on a work entitled "Girl with a cat" (1988) and is advertising a tribute to Hanrahan (one year after her death in 1991) in the form of an exhibition.