From the outset, London immediately post war, Hal Hattam, surgeon, and his photographer wife Kate were attracted to, and themselves created, a literary and artistic milieu:  Stella Bowen, living with Ford Maddox Ford, painted Hattam in his army uniform (the portrait is now in the Australian War Memorial);  Simone de Beauvoir was a visitor. On their return to Australia Hal and Kate met artists Perceval, Blackman, Boyd, Pugh and Williams. Painting trips to Williamstown, the Dandenongs and You Yangs saw friendships develop with Roger Kemp, Len French, and Jan Senbergs – and later Hickey, Jacks, Hunter and Partos.

During this time Hattam was discovering his own painting vision and signature style, and by the 1970s translated his lifelong love of the beach , surrounding bush, and sand dunes into his uniquely romantic and emotion filled paintings.

As Patrick McCaughey, former director NGV, states in the Heide catalogue 2003 (A Tribute to Hal Hattam), “Hal Hattam was always happiest as an artist out there in the landscape. At this stage the Shoreham Beach Scapes began, the most beautiful, sonorous paintings Hattam ever produced…”

“The beach of these paintings is undisturbed by any human presence. The sand is untrodden. The beach occupies virtually the entire canvas; it absorbs the total consciousness of the painter and the viewer, in turn.”

McCaughey again, “…as Chris Wallace – Crabbe poet and critic, shrewdly observed, (the paintings of Hal Hattam) bespeak the struggle to escape from a medical life, striving towards Bachelard’s world of reverie.”

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Harold Bickford (Hal) Hattam

1913 – 1994

Born Edinburgh

 

Education 

MBBS, University of Melbourne

MRCOG, Member Royal College of Gynaecologists

FRCS, Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, London

 

1939-1945  Doctor in Australian Army, New Guinea and the Middle East

1945   Demobbed Eastbourne, met Kathleen Cook. Worked at Queen Charlottes Hospital London

1948   Kathleen / Kate Cook & Hal Hattam married in London, return to Melbourne

1950s  Private practice as obstetrician and gynaecologist, East Melbourne.

Honorary at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Painting trips to Williamstown with Perceval, Blackman, Boyd and others.

Painted You Yang’s & post bushfire scenes in Dandenong’s with Fred                                  Williams.

1950/52/54/59  Children Katherine, Frances, Victoria and John born

1960s  Exhibited in group exhibitions from 1960s onwards, including at the                          Contemporary Art Society and the Museum of Modern Art Melbourne

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

1969     Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne

1970     Crossley Gallery, Melbourne

1971     Benalla Gallery, Victoria

1973      South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne

1974     David Jones Gallery, Sydney

1974     Phillip Bacon, Brisbane

1975     Collectors Gallery, Perth

1977     Susan Gillespie Gallery, Canberra

1984     Bibra Gallery

1997     Gallery 101, Melbourne

2003     Qdos Art Gallery, Lorne, Victoria

2003     Hal Hattam – A Tribute, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

2005       Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne

2010     The Landscape of Longing, Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Hal Hattam, Lake Wabby, 1975, oil on canvas, 127x137cm $25,000
Hal Hattam, Lake Wabby, 1975, oil on canvas, 127x137cm $25,000
Hal Hattam, Honeysuckle Point - Monks' Lookout, 1973, oil on canvas, 156x170cm $30,000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Honeysuckle Point - Monks' Lookout, 1973, oil on canvas, 156x170cm $30,000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Beach Sweep, oil on canvas,120x210cm $30,000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Beach Sweep, oil on canvas,120x210cm $30,000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, The Hill, oil on canvas, 170x156cm $28,000
Hal Hattam, The Hill, oil on canvas, 170x156cm $28,000
Hal Hattam, Tealeaf, Seaweed and Reef. oil on canvas, 125x160cm $28,000
Hal Hattam, Tealeaf, Seaweed and Reef. oil on canvas, 125x160cm $28,000
Hal Hattam, Honeysuckle Point, oil on canvas, 72x83cm $9500
Hal Hattam, Honeysuckle Point, oil on canvas, 72x83cm $9500
Hal Hattam, Children Playing in the Dunes, oil on canvas, 83x73cm $9500 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Children Playing in the Dunes, oil on canvas, 83x73cm $9500 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Fraser Island Rocks, oil on canvas, 61x76cm $8500
Hal Hattam, Fraser Island Rocks, oil on canvas, 61x76cm $8500
Hal Hattam, Heading for the Surf, c1960s oil on linen, 99 x 97cm  $16,000
Hal Hattam, Heading for the Surf, c1960s oil on linen, 99 x 97cm $16,000
Hal Hattam, Surfer with Board, oil on canvas,100x100cm $16,000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Surfer with Board, oil on canvas,100x100cm $16,000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, GreenWater, oil on canvas, 94x94cm $15,000
Hal Hattam, GreenWater, oil on canvas, 94x94cm $15,000
Hal Hattam, Sails on the Horizon, oil on canvas, 63x78cm $8500
Hal Hattam, Sails on the Horizon, oil on canvas, 63x78cm $8500
Hal Hattam, Surfer and Green Wave, 1973, oil on canvas 66x86cm $9000
Hal Hattam, Surfer and Green Wave, 1973, oil on canvas 66x86cm $9000
Hal Hattam, Surfers in Dunes, oil on canvas,  61 x 78cm $9000
Hal Hattam, Surfers in Dunes, oil on canvas, 61 x 78cm $9000
Hal Hattam, Robe, 1971, oil on canvas, signed, 67 x 81cm $9000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Robe, 1971, oil on canvas, signed, 67 x 81cm $9000 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Couple on Beach, oil on marble, 30x50cm $2800 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Couple on Beach, oil on marble, 30x50cm $2800 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Red Gumd and Swamp, gouache on paper, 16 x 71cm $2800 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Red Gumd and Swamp, gouache on paper, 16 x 71cm $2800 SOLD
HGal Hattam, Horizon, gouache on paper, 13 x 37cm $1800 SOLD
HGal Hattam, Horizon, gouache on paper, 13 x 37cm $1800 SOLD
Hal Hattam, After Bushfires, gouache on paper, 56x76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, After Bushfires, gouache on paper, 56x76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Shoreham Hillside, gouache on paper, 56x76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Shoreham Hillside, gouache on paper, 56x76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Beach Scrubs, gouached on paper signed, 57 x 77cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Beach Scrubs, gouached on paper signed, 57 x 77cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Scrub, gouache on paper, signed, 56 x 76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Scrub, gouache on paper, signed, 56 x 76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Sandbar, gouache on paper, signed, 56 x 76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Sandbar, gouache on paper, signed, 56 x 76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Town Beach, gouache on paper, 45 x 56cm $3800
Hal Hattam, Town Beach, gouache on paper, 45 x 56cm $3800
Hal Hattam, Back Beach, Robe, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Back Beach, Robe, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Sand at Low Tide, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Sand at Low Tide, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Pier-Flinders, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400 SOLD
Hal Hattam, Pier-Flinders, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400 SOLD
Hal Hattam, High Tide, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, High Tide, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Starry Night on the Coast, gouache on paper, 57 x 76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Starry Night on the Coast, gouache on paper, 57 x 76cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Apollo Bay, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Apollo Bay, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Still Life Two, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Still Life Two, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Still Life One, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400
Hal Hattam, Still Life One, gouache on paper, 56x75cm $4400