Artist Biography - David Hinchliffe
David Hinchliffe has been painting, exhibiting and selling his work in galleries since the age of 12. Across a 45 year period David has had more than 60 solo exhibitions including paintings, sculpture and photographs in locations around the world. He has won numerous competitions as a young artist (Sunday Mail Art Prize, ABC Argonauts Award, Atlantic City Sculpture Award, Toowo...omba Gemini prize).
He trained under Brisbane artist, John Rigby, painting as a teenager with contemporaries Tomas McAulay and Rex Backhaus Smith and also studied under premier Australian landscape artist and Archibald prize-winner, William Robinson at the University of Southern Queensland. David Hinchliffe furthered his practical artistic study in both New York and London in the 70s before returning home to Australia to pursue a career in politics.
David has travelled and painted widely in the United States and UK and is represented extensively in collections both in Australia and overseas. While his work is principally oils on canvas or linen, he has also produced many gouache works and sculpture as well as holding two exhibitions of his photographs (“Two to the Valley, 1992, and “Detours”, 2010). His style has been described as “contemporary impressionism”.
The influence from David's career in urban government, is evident in his paintings. He draws creative expression from the streets, laneways, footpaths and urban cities he loves – Paris, New York, Venice and his hometown Brisbane.
"My recent work deals with the urban environment in its many forms in cities around the world as well as an abiding affinity with the Australian landscape. It is a response to light. I like the movement of light across a surface — whether it’s a valley, a river, a street or the human form.
I particularly enjoy the shapes, the noise and the shadows of city landscapes – whether it’s the drama of lower East Side in New York, the reflections in the canals of Venice, the romance of Paris streets, the quirky laneways of Melbourne, the crowded pedestrian footpaths of Brisbane city, or the treed streets near my home in inner suburban New Farm and studio in Fortitude Valley Australia."
In 2011 David held an exhibition at the Australian Consulate in New York, followed by a solo exhibition at Michael Ingbar Gallery in Soho NY. His work is in private collections in the US, UK and Australia. Described by the late James Gleeson as possessing an “exceptional talent”, he has won numerous awards and prizes across a varied and extensive career.