Hanna Kay 


Hanna Kay is an internationally established artist who was born in Israel, studied art in Vienna, lived a decade in New York, and has been living and exhibiting in Australia since 1990. She has exhibited extensively in the art capitals of Europe, the USA, and Australia and her art is to be found in many public and private collections in Australia and around the world. She has been extensively reviewed and has received several awards. In 2007, Macmillan Art Publications published "Notes from the Shed" an illustrated selection from Kay's journal focusing on the creative process. In 2008 she was commissioned by the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW to create a special touring exhibition – Undertow - which explored Jewish migration to Australia.  In recent  years Hanna has exhibited at Tamworth, Muswellbrook and Maitland regional galleries.   In 2014 she commenced a PhD project in visual arts at Sydney University including research field trips in China and a touring exhibition of the art component.


Full CV

Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel

Art education: Tel – Aviv, Israel and Vienna Austria

University of Sydney, BA Semiotics and Philosophy

University of Sydney, College of the Arts, Doctor of Philosophy (candidate)

Since 1970 has been practicing as an artist in –Tel-Aviv Israel; Vienna, Austria; a decade in New York and a decade in Sydney. In 2000 moved to live in the Upper-Hunter valley, NSW. 

Before arriving in Australia in 1990 exhibited in Museums and galleries in Israel, across Europe and the U.S.A.  In Australia – have been exhibiting regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. In addition, has had survey exhibitions in selected Regional Galleries and Museums, and participated in numerous group exhibitions in both commercial and public art-galleries and museums.

Selected solo exhibitions:

2018     EQUILIBRIUM 2 Janet Clayton Gallery Sydney

2016     Shifting Horizons– Janet Clayton Gallery,  Sydney

             Three Women Went to China - Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery

             Three Women Went to China - Tamworth Regional art Gallery, NSW

             In Flux – Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

2014    Trajectory - Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery

2013    Equilibrium – Janet Clayton Gallery,  Sydney

2012    Undertow - Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery, QLD

2011    Circularity - Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney (formerly Wilson St. Gallery)

           Undertow - Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW

           Undertow - Dalby Regional Art Gallery, QLD

2010  Undertow - Moree Plains Regional Art Gallery, NSW    

          Undertow - Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne 

          Weightlessness - Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery

          Undertow - Maitland regional Art Gallery, NSW

          Undertow - Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD

          Undertow - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2009 Waterways - Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney (formerly Wilson St. Gallery)

          Undertow - Tamworth Regional art Gallery, NSW 

2007 Habitat - Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney (formerly Wilson St. Gallery)

          Habitat 2 - John Miller Galleries, Newcastle

2006  Absence/substance - New England Regional Art Museum

           Moree Plains Regional Art Gallery, Moree, NSW                    

2005  Weightless - Span Galleries, Melbourne

2005  Marked - John Miller Galleries, Newcastle 

2004  Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2002  Echoes - Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney

2000  Child’s play - Span Galleries, Melbourne

1999   Child’s play - Paul Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide

1998   Games - Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney

1996   Traces - Paul Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide

1995   Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney

1994   Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne

           Paul Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide

‏1993    Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney

1992    Paul Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide

1990    BMG Fine Art, Sydney


Selected group exhibitions:

2014     Transforming , Meijiang International Art Gallery, Tianjin China
             Surface - Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney

2013      Hazelhurst Art Award – Art on Paper 

2012    From Paper, Beijing Art Space, Beijing China

              Lure of the Landscape, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney (formerly Wilson St. Gallery)

2010     Finalist Countryscape Art Prize (highly commended)

2009    Surrealism in the 70’s- touring exhibition across the USA 

             Finalist Countryscape Art Prize (highly commended)

2008    Finalist Norvil Landscape Art Prize – won the prize.

            Finalist Country Energy Landscape Prize

            Finalist Fleurieu Biennale SA

2007    Muswellbrook Regional gallery – winner open art prize

2006    FinalistCountry Energy Landscape Prize

            “My Place, My Time, Myself” New England Regional Museum, Armidale

2004    Span Galleries, Melbourne

2003    Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney

             FinalistCountry Energy Art Prize 

2001    New England Regional Art Museum

1999    Kedumba Drawing Award, Blue Mountains, Sydney

1999    “We are Australians”, Victoria Arts Centre (touring exhibition)

1998    Finalist 28th Alice Prize, Alice Springs, NT

1997    Dobell drawing prize, The Art Gallery of NSW

1997    “Faces of Hope”, The Art Gallery of NSW

1997     “Urban Details”, commissioned by the 1997 Sydney Festival

1995  The wandering Jew: myth and metaphor, The Australian Jewish Museum Melbourne 

            Recognising the Republic, Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney

1993    Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney

1990    21st Alice Prize, Alice Springs, NT (Selected for touring show)

1990    BMG Fine Art, Sydney and Adelaide 


books and monographs

Trajectory - Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (2014)

Circularity - Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney (2011)

Weightlessness - paintings 2004-2010, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (2010)

Undertow - exhibition commissioned by the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW. (2010)

Notes from the Shed - an illustrated journal Palgrave, Macmillan Art Publishing (2007)

Drawings for “The Gatekeeper’s Wife” poems by Fay Zwicky, Brandl & Schlesinger Australia (1997)

Drawings for “Woman - first person singular” by Rebecca Rass, Bitan Israel (1995)

Drawings for “For the Love of Women”, classic and contemporary erotic poetry, Bitan Israel (1970)  

Numerous international article essays and press reviews.



the beholder...(2004) - Leslie WandProduction[http://vimeo.com/1116180]

notes from the shed (2006) – Leslie WandProduction[http://vimeo.com/878437]

waterways (2009) - Leslie WandProduction    [http://vimeo.com/5951163]

undertow (2009) - Leslie WandProduction[http://vimeo.com/6977225]

circularity (2011) -  - Leslie WandProduction[http://vimeo.com/27364276]

equilibrium (2013) - Leslie WandProduction[http://vimeo.com/58271084]

shifting horizons (2016) - Leslie WandProduction[https://vimeo.com/151870188]


For more information -  www.hannakay.com