A world leader in the art of silverpoint, will hold a special exhibit at Morpeth Gallery weeks out from a trip to Italy where he has been asked to help commemorate the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
Known as the world's best living silverpoint artist, Gordon Hanley has been invited to the prestigious Florence Biennale Art Exhibition to show his drawings in gold, silver and platinum.
Hanley has been named a Living Master (Art Renewal Centre) in his challenging medium.
In Italy his works will be seen by thousands of people who will be in Italy for the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death.
These same art works will go display at Morpeth Gallery which is fast becoming recognised as a national leader in showcasing home grown and world class artists and Hanley's exhibition will be testament to the gallery's standing.
Hanley is renowned for his extraordinary hyper-realist drawings in 24 carat gold, platinum, palladium and pure silver on paper coated with marble dust.
He was recently awarded the status of "Living Master" by the US Art Renewal Centre and became the first Australian artist and first silverpoint artist in the world to receive the accolade.
Lavish silverpoint exhibitions such as those held in the British Museum in late 2015 resulted in record crowds keen to see the work of great masters in a medium that few were familiar with.
As a medium, silverpoint reached its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Renaissance.
One of the most difficult mediums to master, error cannot be erased.
Silver and goldpoint drawings have a beauty of line, a richness and depth of tone.
"My aim as an artist is for the viewer to lose themselves in the experience of the artwork - to connect with it," Hanley said.
Over the past two months Morpeth Gallery has seen record sales in investing in silverpoint art, gallery owner Trevor Richards OAM said.
Meet Hanley at the gallery, located in Green Street, this weekend between 10am and 4pm both days. Entry is free.