Mark is known for his large scale, brash works and takes the viewer on a journey of discovery into his own world. A contemporary realistic action painter, he is influenced and inspired by American modernist painter Jackson Pollock’s dripping of paint, Picasso’s linear soft forms and his love for travel.
Education 2004 Master of Fine Art University of NSW Sydney
Major of Painting and Drawing 2001 Bachelor of Fine Art Sydney
National Art School the College of Fine Art Sydney
Extra curricular of Life Drawing and Sculpture | Major of Painting and Drawing
About the Artist
Mark Hanham studied at National Art School then completed a Master’s Degree in Art at the College of Fine Art in Sydney. He began painting around the age of fourteen. Mark is known for his large scale, brash works and takes the viewer on a journey of discovery into his own world. A contemporary realistic action painter, he is influenced and inspired by American modernist painter Jackson Pollock’s dripping of paint, Picasso’s linear soft forms and his love for travel.
Mark often visually narrates daily life allowing the collector to be immediately be transported to those international grand cities when connecting with his work. Mark is especially known for his large scale streetscapes and iconic well known city overviews. Recently Mark travelled through Europe gaining momentum for a Tuscan series and staging a solo show in Singapore.
His celebrity clients include Russell Crowe, Lionel Richie, Walker Corporation, Lisa McGuigan, and many corporate and private collections.
Hanham’s universal themes appeal to new collectors and seasoned connoisseurs as well as enthusiastic or nostalgic travellers. His bold expressive landscapes of iconic urban centres – Sydney, London, Paris, NYC, Venice, Tokyo and Melbourne - are unique. Hanham’s point of difference is scale and energy but all counterpoised with romanticism and a commentary on the human condition.
“I did not simply choose to be an artist, it probably started when I was a child growing up in the inner city of Sydney surrounded by contemporary art galleries and people who are truly passionate about the arts. My use of abstract line and form brings quite a range of problems to be solved. A series of imaginative developments involving colour, texture and more lines are added to my works until I am satisfied that I have captured a moment in time. I have tried to take a more literal approach to abstract expressionism since completing my Masters Degree in 2004 through a more figurative way of working, so that you can see what the image is without seeing it all. This allows the viewer to imbue their individual sense into the work. It invites them to get involved. A lot of my work is about street and cityscapes, it’s about the chaos of a city, the rush and too the alienation that occurs with urban living.” Mark Hanham 2017
Exhibitions 2017 Mark Hanham Solo Exhibition Surry Hills NSW Paris Group Show Without Pier Gallery VIC 2016 Sydney Reflections, Mark Hanham Gallery Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Rocks Mark Hanham Solo Show, Gallery Without Pier Melbourne Art Fairs 2013 / 2014 Balmain Art Fair Sydney 2011 / 2012 Melbourne Art Fair Sydney Art Fair, Sydney Art Month Art Brisbane Balmain Art Fair Sydney Kings School Art Fair Sydney Solo Shows 2016 Mark Hanham Solo Show, Gallery Without Pier Melbourne 2015 Far Horizons at Lacuna Galleries, Santa fe New Mexico USA A Night in Paris, Alliance Francaise, Sydney Face Value Mark Hanham Gallery Sydney 2011 Established Mark Hanham Gallery 2010 Paris Exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Sydney Recent Pictures, Shapiro Gallery, Sydney 2008 European election, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney Studio Den Haag, Netherland 2007 First Impressions, Studio Herrljunga, Sweden Reflection III, Global Gallery, Sydney 2006 Reflection II, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney Andrew Crawford Gallery, Sydney Petit Pois, the Big Gallery, Glebe 2005 Reflections, Global Gallery, Paddington 2004 Labor Club, Surry Hills + Graphic Art Club, Sydney Group Shows 2016 Sydney Reflections, Mark Hanham Gallery Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Rocks 2008 Southhead Gallery, Woollahra Sydney 2007 Mary Place Gallery, Paddington Sydney 2006 Richard Martin gallery, Woollahra Sydney Albury Cellars Gallery, Paddington Sydney People and Panorama, Marlene Antico Fine Arts Sydney 2005 Scape, Global Gallery Sydney Under water, Barry Stern Group Exhibition Marlene Antico Fine Arts Sydney Tsunami Exhibition, UNICEF, Shaffer Gallery Melbourne Prizes 2007 Kings Cross Art Competition,The Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst Sydney\ 2005 Finalist " Paddington Art Prize" Marlene Antico Fine Arts - People Choice Award Sydney 2003 Finalist Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Kings Cross Art Competition, The Tap Gallery Winner People's Choice Award Sydney 2002 Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Award, Lane Cove Sydney Kings Cross Art Competition, The Tap Gallery Winner People's Choice Award Sydney 2 000 Bondi Art Prize, The Pavilion Bondi Beach Winner People's Choice Award Sydney