2019 art sale and exhibition
John Austin Hanna graduated from Texas Tech in 1964 with a degree in advertising art and design. When asked about his early career John said, “during my time in New York in the 60’s, I was lucky enough to work with so many artists with great credentials; Howard Terpning, Tom Lovell, Frank McCarthy, Bob Kuhn, Robert McGinnis, Kenneth Riley, Mitchell Hooks and others were all great illustrators that were there at the time and they had worked with and been a part of the Art Center, Pratt, Art Students League, and School of Visual Arts. My education received a great boost from following their work and I believe that painting is not just something I do, it’s part of me. I can’t separate the two. Everywhere I look there’s a painting.”
Despite his successes as an illustrator, Hanna believes that his career really took off once he traded in the “big city skylines” for the rock houses, livestock, landscape, and old barns of Fredericksburg, Texas. “My years in New York and Dallas as an illustrator were great, but I wasn’t really following my heart,” explains Hanna. “Throughout my childhood in Beaumont, I was always drawing and dreaming of becoming a ‘real’ artist. I finally decided that I had to pursue that dream”.
John is proud and honored to have been invited to be a part of The Briscoe Western Art Museum’s “Night of Artists” show since 2013, and the Art on the Llano Estacado Show at The Museum of Texas Tech University and the Rocky Mountain Oyster Club Show in Tucson, since 2015. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and in 2011 his work was selected to be included in the OPA’s 20th Annual National Juried Show in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.