Barbara Hanrahan – Seasons
(1939 – 1991 Adelaide, Australia)

Barbara Hanrahan was an influential identity within the Australian art and literature scene. Her legacy includes a critical body of work which presents a contemporary audience with a feminist critique of social mores, identity and women’s relationships in mid-20th century Australia. Adopting a dark, gothic viewpoint, Hanrahan typically engages with the lives of women and issues of sexuality as they relate to everyday life and social conventions. Hanrahan wrote 15 novels, produced over 400 prints, held more than 30 solo shows, and had her work exhibited in many countries, including, London, France, Italy, Sweden, Scotland, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
This exhibition displays 12 linocut prints from the boxed set, Barbara Hanrahan, Twelve Linocuts, a Suite of Prints 1989. The works are from the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Collection and were donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Robin Gurr in 2010.

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