Oil on canvas
171 x 230cm
Boutwell Draper Gallery at the Melbourne Art Fair 2012
Art Month Sydney Group Show
With his parade of personae, Gavin Hurley jumps into the ring with that prim convention of Victorian society, the official portrait, all dressed up, buttoned up and respectacle. But, in a purposeful counterpoint to the pomp, he applies the down-to-earthiness of folk art and the earnest craft of the ...
Multiplex - Group exhibition
In April 1770, after a complete circumnavigation of New Zealand, Captain James Cook turned the Endeavour westwards and headed for Australia. Nearly two and a half centuries later Auckland-based artist Gavin Hurley has charted a similar course, although adopting a rather different angle of approach. ...
Collage techniques of cut-and-paste are integral to Hurleys work. Collecting textures and papers from old books and second-hand haunts, his portraits have a genteel, even antique, decorum and a childlike naivety. Not portraits in the usual sense, of accurately representing a person, his works are a ...