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Margaret Whitlam Galleries

A Sense of Place The artist Greg Hansell's record of history now

Jacaranda and the fruit bat flyover

Greg Hansell


Hand ground earth pastel on paper

Photo: James McMahon

Homage to Bricklayers various

Gregory Hansell


Hand ground earth pastel on 180gsm Canson paper

55cm. X 75cm.

The Second Flowering

Greg Hansell


Hand ground earth pastel on 180gsm Canson paper

55cm. X 75cm.

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12 Oct 2016 - 20 Jan 2017

For an invitation to the exhibition, please see A Sense of Place Invitation (PDF, 1.36 MB)

“A Sense of Place”

The artist Greg Hansell’s record of history now.

The artist Greg Hansell is well known for his pastel paintings of Australia’s built history, particularly in the Hawkesbury region, since the late 1980s.

He has been a Wynne Prize and Archibald finalist in over twenty exhibitions, as well as winning the Dobell Drawing prize in 2005.

In 2001, Greg Hansell was commissioned by the University to document the Female Orphan School on its Parramatta campus before it was renovated, from which 3 large pastels were produced.

In 2013, when the both the East and West wings of the building were completed, he was commissioned again to produce 3 pastels of the completed building and these works are the centrepiece of this exhibition.

This exhibition also explores the broader arts practice of Greg Hansell, from his handmade pastels produced from rocks and clay, to the influence of other artists he has collected within his own personal art collection.


Greg Hansell (artist) for providing works of art from his private collection.

Exhibition Curator: Monica McMahon (Western Sydney University Art Curator)