David Hinchliffe

David has been painting for over five decades and sold his first painting at the age of twelve. Alongside his successful and colourful life as an artist, David had a thirty-year career in public service in Brisbane Queensland, only becoming a full-time dedicated professional artist after he retired from politics some years ago.

To watch David paint live is to observe a talented genius at work. With no obvious external reference to work from, just the image from within his mind, the painting will take form uniquely and instantly. The “Contemporary Impressionist” paintings have a unique quality that is completely recognizable as a “ David Hinchliffe”. There is nostalgia for a city you love, serenity for a calming landscape, excitement and warmth for a rainy day and a splattering of romance in many of his works.

To travel the world with David Hinchliffe is to see the world through the wonderful images he creates along the way. The richness of his life is shared with the viewer and the energy he exhibits is palpable in the paintings. Subjects from around the world are recognizable in all his collections. With a love of commissions, David craves to capture the image and the essence of a destination for the client. He listens and watches and turns a painting into an emotional beauty.

David is passionate about art and when not painting himself he is investing and collecting indigenous artwork. He has generously loaned many of his indigenous paintings to institutions so that the general public can share and enjoy important Australian works. He is a truly philanthropic Australian artist.

David trained under Brisbane artist, John Rigby, painting as a teenager with contemporaries, Thomas McAulay and Rex Backhaus-Smith and also studied under premier Australian landscape artist and Archibald prize-winner, William Robinson, at the University of Southern Queensland.

David furthered his practical artistic study in both New York, Paris and London in the 1970’s while working his way around the world painting portrait commissions until he returned home to pursue a career in politics. He has painted portraits of Poet, Bruce Dawe, Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser and businessman, Sir Alex McKay.

Solo Exhibitions

  • Dissolve, The G Contemporary Noosa, 2022
  • Illusions, The G Contemporary, Noosa, 2024
  • Red Hill Gallery Brisbane 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016
  • David Hart Gallery Mooloolaba 2015/2016
  • Manyung Gallery Melbourne 2015/2016
  • Michael Ingbar Gallery Broadway Soho New York 2011/2012/2015/2017
  • Marks and Gardner Gallery Mt Tamborine 2012/2013/2014
  • Buddhist Exhibition Chung Tian Temple Brisbane 2013

Group Exhibitions

  • New York Affordable Art Fair 2013/2014/2016
  • Hampstead Heath Art Fair London 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017
  • Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza Victoria 2013/2014/2015/2016
  • Asia Contemporary Art Fair Hong Kong 2014/2015/2016/2017
  • Singapore Affordable Art Fair 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017
  • Battersea Affordable Art Fair London 2014/2015/2016

Awards & Grants

  • Tattersalls Finalist each year 1998 to 2013 Brisbane
  • Sunday Mail Art Competition Brisbane 1972
  • Atlantic City Rotary Sculpture Award USA 1973
  • Gemini Art Award 1974 Toowoomba
  • RNA Art Exhibition 1st prize portraiture Brisbane 1975