Allan Hondow

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My works may be described as a variation on abstract expressionist principles, which require a personal, energetic, gestural approach to painting that explores life, industry and landscape.

I have always felt that art is the language of the spirit. Indeed, my paintings are rarely conventionally composed. They come to have a life of their own, dictating the terms and changing as I work. I have the need to put forms down where they are least expected and yet make them look right. Solid integration of colour, form and brushstroke is demanded. For me, the vibrancy and immediacy of watercolour, gouache and acrylic allow for a freer gestural style in the metamorphosis of familiar subjects.

Allan Hondow studied Graphic Design at the Tasmanian School of Arts from 1963 to 1967.  His working life was spent in art and design associated workplaces, including publishing houses Ure Smith and Pergamon Press, advertising agencies, graphic design companies and television stations, having held the position of National Head of ABC TV graphics.

In 1984, Hondow introduced ABC Graphic Designers to the Quantel Paintbox, the first electronic tool used by TV designers in Australia. From 1986, he established a Special Visual Effects company for Garner McLennan Design and then worked as Senior Producer for Animal Logic.

From 1992 to 1995, he focussed wholly on painting in Europe from studios in Greece Turkey, Portugal and the UK.

His painting awards include the 1974 Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees’ Watercolour Prize, the 1986 Warringah Contemporary Art Prize and the 1992 Mario Cooper and Dale Myers Medal (American Watercolor Society). He was a finalist in the 2000 Fleurieu Peninsular Prize, the 2004 Country Energy Prize for landscape painting and, on ten occasions, was a finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1975, Allan Hondow lives and works in Gloucester, New South Wales.

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