by Trish Gribben
A generation ago in 1987, New Zealand passed legislation to make the country nuclear free. To celebrate this wonderful achievement, writer Trish Gribben and Lopdell House Gallery have published a children's book featuring Pat Hanly's anti-nuclear paintings and Gil Hanly's documentary photographs.
Pat Hanly's paintings are about passion and protest, light, love and life. He painted with many different styles and subjects but this book focuses on the work made in fear or protest about nuclear weapons. In the story of New Zealand's struggle to be nuclear-free no artist is more important than Pat Hanly.
In 2009 the gallery showed an exhibition of the fabulous works featured in the book as well as Claudia Pond Eyley's excellent documentary, No Nukes is Good Nukes and Gil Hanly's Nuclear Free: Protest Photography. This book will engage an audience of all ages and tells a very New Zealand story of the power of art to move hearts and minds.
Hardback, 48 pages
Dimensions: 250mm x 240mm
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Lopdell House Gallery
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