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(1944-)

Biography

Robert Lyall Hannaford, AM (born 9 November 1944), is an Australian realist artist. Known as Alfie, Hannaford was born and grew up on his family farm in Riverton, South Australia.[1]

Hannaford is a self-taught artist who has been mentored by South Australian artists Hans Heysen and Ivor Hele.[1] He worked as political cartoonist for the Adelaide Advertiser from 1964 to 1967 (between Pat Oliphant and Michael Atchison), before becoming a full-time artist in 1970.[1]

Primarily known as a portrait artist, depicting the likes of Dame Joan Sutherland, Donald Bradman, Paul Keating, and Bob Hawke, he is also known for his landscapes, still lifes and nudes.[1] He has commented on his portraiture that: “Portraiture is an exploration of character that goes beyond photography. It is an ongoing thing over a long period of time. You get elements of various emotions that can be sensed in the painting.”[1]

He has entered the Archibald Prize each year since 1991 and has been a finalist every year that he has entered.[1]
Awards

Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 1990.
People's Choice Award at the Archibald Prize, 1991/92 with a portrait of Australian historian and professor Hugh Stretton
People's Choice Award at the Archibald Prize, 1996 with a self-portrait
People's Choice Award at the Archibald Prize, 1998 with a painting of academic Rolf Prince
Fleurieu Peninsula Landscape Art Prize, 1998



Sculpture of Sir Donald Bradman, parklands adjacent to the Victor Richardson Gates near the eastern access to the Adelaide Oval, 1998
The Centenary of Federation 2001 painting, commissioned by the Australian Government, 2001
Bronze statue of Roy Rene, located on Hindley Street, Adelaide, commissioned by Adelaide City Council, 2010.
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