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).
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 furthered his practical artistic study in both New York, Paris and London in the 70s while working his way around the world painting portrait commissions until he returned home to pursue a career in politics. He has painted portraits of Poet Bruce Dawe, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and businessman, Sir Alex McKay.
Described by the late James Gleeson as having an "exceptional talent", he has emerged from 3 decades of work in the public domain to return with renewed passion to his career as a painter. He won the Sunday Mail Colour Magazine Award (1972), Atlantic City Sculpture Award (1973) and Gemini Art Award (judged by James Gleeson in 1974) and has been a finalist for the last 6 years in the Tattersall's Landscape Prize.
He has exhibited at galleries in Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as at Harrods in London and at Village Art gallery in Greenwich Village 1996, at the Australian Consulate, New York and at Michael Ingbar Gallery on Broadway in Soho, New York and soon in Paris.
Australian Consulate, 42nd St, New York. April 6 – May 2011
Michael Ingbar Gallery, 568 Broadway, Soho, New York. April 8 – May, 2011.
NeoGallery, Ann St, Brisbane. August 19 – September, 2011.
Marks and Gardner Gallery, Mt Tamborine. September 16 – October 2011.
Graydon Gallery, New Farm (June 1-10).
NeoGallery, Mt Coolum, Qld. June 30 through July 2012.
Marks and Gardner Gallery, Mt Tamborine, Qld. June 30 through July 2012.
Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane. Opening July 15, 2012.
Michael Ingbar Gallery, 506 Broadway, Soho, New York. October/November 2012
His work is in collections in Europe, the United States and Australia.
The act of creation shouldn't be a passive or gentle thing.
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 and studio in QLD.
In recent times I've also been strongly influenced by the extraordinary images and spirituality of Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang, Laos in S.E. Asia and the Buddhist nuns in Brisbane."
- David Hinchliffe