Brian Hatch will be an artist on two levels when he plays piano at his own art exhibition launch of Queenslandscapes to be staged at the Redland museum from June 10 to July 31.
Mr Hatch, 83, of Cleveland presents about 100 works (40 on the walls) in the exhibition, depicting Queensland landscapes. The works include paintings in oils, acrylic and water colour, limited edition prints and scrimshaw on zinc plates. Among them are several Redland depictions including paintings of Brown Lake on North Stradbroke Island, Cleveland Point and boats on the Raby Bay harbour.
“Wherever I go, I make sketches and take photos and I work from that. I like creating contemporary landscapes,” he said.
Mr Hatch said scrimshaw was an old technique using ink etched into whale bones and teeth and he liked to continue the tradition, but working with zinc plates.
“I like print making. It’s so different. I’ve always loved print making and fine art,” he said.
Mr Hatch learned his trade in New York where he studied painting at the Art Students League and print making at the Pratt Graphic centre.
Mr Hatch has exhibited three times at the Redland Art Gallery but this will be his first exhibition at the museum. He has 12 prints at the national gallery in Canberra and one painting in the Queensland art gallery.
He said his association with the museum started when he donated a sculpture of the Cleveland light house featuring scenes of the Redlands.
The museum is open 10am to 3.30pm every day.