Taralgon, Victoria, Australia born 1950
Mr and Mrs Anon
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, glass: sandblasted and engraved
Tony Hanning was among the first contemporary Australian glass artists to work extensively with the techniques of cameo glass, a process where layers of glass are blown together and carved and engraved to reveal various colours beneath. This ancient technique was revived in the late 19th century by English and French glass designers, such as Thomas Webb and Emile Gallé, to express the styles of historical revival and Art Nouveau. In his early works, Hanning made reference to the work of these designers in his use of imagery of Australian flora. Later, in more complex works, he drew upon allegorical themes, employing surreal imagery of cityscapes and landscape as a background to visual puns and riddles. Mr and Mrs Anon shows a strong development of these ideas, drawing connections between the propaganda imagery of the Cold War period, advertising and comic book illustration of the mid-20th century.
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