National Ikon

An Independent obituary for Pat Hanly calls him “the jester of modern NZ art … His images – exuberant, colourful, feisty and humorous – reflected the personality of their maker.” The subjects of Hanly’s works ranged from domestic scenes to re-enactments of his famous anti-nuclear protests. In the 1998 film Pacific Ikon, shortly after he was diagnosed with Hodgkinson’s disease, Hanly stated “We are awaiting death with interested anticipation. Some of my best friends are dead.” He is survived by wife, muse, and fellow artist Gillian Taverner (Gil Hanly).

Pat Hanly: 2 August 1932 – 20 September 2004


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