Spirit of Life

Artworks are first available for purchase in-person at the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artwork will be available for purchase online following the event.

Spirit of Life

Allan Hemsley
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Flow acrylic paints on canvas
60cm x 50cm
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Allan Hemsley was born in Greenslopes, Brisbane in 1956. Creating art since the age of 13, Allan is self-taught through experimenting with materials and intuitively finding his way. Initially, Allan was drawn to oil painting and watercolour painting.

Unable to afford a stable education as a kid, Allan found his own way in life, enduring many hardships, but also creating many successes - both professionally and personally.

Allan spent a period away from art when beginning a tiling trade. In 2001, Allan reconnected with art and has continued ever since.

Allan enjoys fishing and crabbing, and a love of water has inspired his art - so much so that Allan can often be found creating at the water's edge.

Allan continues to create with oils and watercolours, and has ventured into trying Fluid Art. Allan is open to trying any art medium and enjoy the process of losing himself in the art making.

"Flow art is a new medium for me. It is giving me a chance to experiment and get into the flow of art making again. A space to relax and lose myself and just watch the paint move across the board - a space where I can control and move the paint the way I want. When I can't find the words, art gives me a language to express myself."