About Robert Hagan
Born in 1947 and raised in the lush, languorous sub-tropical northern New South Wales, Australia
and educated at Newcastle University, he communicates in a typical offhanded Aussie manner.
Widely travelled with studios in Suffolk, England., San Diego, USA., Southport, Australia and
Robert goes about his art with confidence, humility and pragmatism.
He explains, "When you look at things you tend to concentrate on one element, a boy or girl
at the waters edge, for example. It's hard to bring into meaniful vision the entire scene at the
one occasion. It's all there, but its not defined and it's that which is peripheral to the starting point".
The key to impressionism is keying in the peripherel to the starting point".
Although Hagan paints varied subjects, landscapes, seascapes, western, portraits and figurative
insists that his paintings here and there go beyond obvious recognizable subject. This is especially
the case now in 2002. He says "make a painting like the recognizable subject rather than executing
a literal representation. It's better to paint the effect of what is there...what is left in the back of
the head! That's impressionism, and that I hope is where I am"