Henry Aloysius Hanke

Henry Hanke

Born: 1901

Died: 1989

Hanke was born in Sydney in 1901. He was an Australian painter and teacher. He studied under J.S. Watkins in Sydney, c.1918.
In 1922 he became an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of N.S.W. painting portraits, landscapes and still life.

In 1934 he won the Archibald Prize with a self-portrait, and the inaugural Sulman Prize in 1936 with his painting ‘La Gitana’. (The Gypsy)

Hanke was a war artist during the Second World War, during which he completed many paintings in New Guinea. He was the first war artist into Milne Bay after the Australians inflicted the first defeat on Japanese troops in World War Two. Hanke was later made a director of the Royal Art Society art school.

His works are found in many overseas collections, in the National Gallery, Canberra, Parliament House and Government House Canberra, Australian War Memorial Canberra, The Art Gallery of NSW, Armidale (Howard Hinton Collection), Town Hall Sydney, The Sydney Opera House, University of Sydney and many regional Art Galleries, plus many other public and private collections throughout Australia.