Pat Hanly

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Pat Hanly
James Patrick Hanly

(1932-08-02)2 August 1932
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Died20 September 2004(2004-09-20) (aged 72)
Auckland, New Zealand
EducationCanterbury College School of Art
Known forPainting
Notable work
The seven ages of man, Torso

James Patrick Hanly (2 August 1932 – 20 September 2004), generally known as Pat Hanly, was a New Zealand painter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Palmerston North, Hanly was educated at Palmerston North Boys' High School.[1] His parents organised a hairdressing apprenticeship for him and he left school during 1948 without completing his fourth-form year.[1] During this time Hanly took night classes and then enrolled as a non-diploma student at the Canterbury College School of Art in Christchurch in 1952.[1] After completing his studies there, Hanly travelled to Europe,[1] and attended classes at the Chelsea School of Art.


Hanly returned to New Zealand in 1962, and accepted a part-time position teaching drawing at the University of Auckland School of Architecture.[1] Hanly continued to paint until his retirement in 1994.[2]

Major public commissions[edit]

Hanly completed a number of large public murals at Auckland Airport, the University of Auckland School of Architecture, and the Aotea Centre. Hanly was also responsible for the Peace Mural on the corner of Karangahape and Ponsonby Roads in Auckland. Hanly was also commissioned by Miles Warren to paint "Rainbow Pieces" for the Christchurch Town Hall in 1971.[2]

Critical recognition[edit]

During his time at the Canterbury College School of Art, Hanly received the Turner Prize for landscape, open to students, in 1953.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hanly married Gillian (Gil) Taverner in 1958 and the couple had one son and two daughters.[3] Gil took up photography in the late 1970s and became a photographer of note.[4] Pat Hanly was a keen sailor and anti-nuclear activist. The New Zealand Who's Who listed his recreations as kite flying, sailing and Greenpeace.

Hanly died in Auckland on 20 September 2004, having suffered from Huntington's disease.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pat Hanly". The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ Gifford, Adam (15 June 2013). "For the record". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Battle against Huntington's over for artist Pat Hanly". New Zealand Herald. 21 September 2004. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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