Gary Harrison Hearn



Gary Harrison Hearn was born in England in 1945. He began studying art at Penmore House, the Hasland College of Art and Design in Derbyshire, but was unable to continue and abandoned this study when it became necessary to find secure employment to provide an income for his widowed mother. He then pursued a career in engineering living and working in Great Britain, Cyprus, Malta, Spain and the Maldives.


In 1981 he emigrated to Australia and worked for a number of years in Marine Engineering, Medical Services, Construction industry and as a Social Housing Manager.


In 1995 Gary was encouraged to return to painting by F. Francis Younger, a renowned Watercolourist, Graphic artist and President of the W.A. Watercolour Society.

Gary began painting with watercolour as his main medium and was influenced by the work of Sir William Russell Flint and Australian artist, Robert A. Wade.


Gary's reputation has grown as he has continued to develop his individualistic style which incorporates both vibrant and sensitive use of colour, creating striking and lingering atmospheric impressions.


In December 2002 Gary returned to Europe to live in Heidelberg, Germany with his wife Ilka, who further inspired him with constructive criticism and dialogue.


In September 2010 Gary changed his medium to oil on canvas and began painting abstracts after being inspired by local German artist Emile Maul.

Gary has now established himself as a competent artist producing some innovative and striking colourful abstract paintings. His work can be found in private collections in Australia, England, France, Germany, Poland and South Africa.


Art in the family. “There is Art in our blood” said Gary. My son Heath Hearn is a renowned international abstract artist and my granddaughter, Lowena Hearn began her studies at St. Martin's College of Art and Design, London,in September 2011.