Ma Baker in Northern Japan, 2017

Irene Hanenbergh

Mild Fantasy Neon Parc, Melbourne 2018

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'Niagara Honeymoon' (after 'Libertine Celestine’), 2018
'Blitze & Ramybé', 2018
'It shall find me unafraid', 2018

~ Exhibiting internationally since the late 1980s, Irene Hanenbergh has amassed a large body of work which the artist describes as 'liminal portals' into other worlds, and 'windows of longing', suggesting psychological and physical spaces that lie just beyond our grasp. Her evocative oil paintings are personal and contemporary renderings of the sublime in which scenes of primordial forests, lakes, mountains and oceans morph in and out of formation, infused with influences of the baroque, romanticism, and marginal fantasy genres. Exploring the slippage between contemporary and historic landscape painting, key styles and traditions including folk art, mystic and visionary practices, (faux) political histories and cults have been erased, repainted and spiritually charged, creating fantastical and otherworldly shifts as brushstrokes collide with impossible foliage, dark shadows and the spectre of history. Her works do not rely on narrative structures for the formation of content; rather they seduce or just invite the viewer to become immersed in another world, another time, another sensation ~


Mild Fantasy Neon Parc Brunswick, Melbourne 2018

Patrino-patrino, Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh), Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2018

Feldspar with Storm Gold, BUS Projects, Melbourne, 2017

1717/Painting/Not painting, Pompom Gallery, Sydney, 2017

All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed, Zilverster ( Goodwin & Hanenbergh), The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2017

Spring 1883 Neon Parc, Sydney, 2017

A small show of imperfect paintings, curated by Chris Bond, Melbourne and Bendigo, 2017

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) Caves Offsite Projects The Substation Melbourne, 2017

Misshaped Head Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2017

Libertine, Celestine Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2016
Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) at Spring 1883 The Windsor Hotel, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2016

Spring 1883 Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2016

Painting.More Painting ACCA Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2016

National Works on Paper Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, 2016

I'm Genuinely Lost. Give me guidance Margareth Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2016

There are tears at the heart of things Melbourne, 2016

Lurid Beauty National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2015

House of Dandelion & Lohr (outperformance) Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, 2015

Argyle Dreaming(1863) Blackart Projects-Chalkhorse , Sydney, 2015

Dada-Roman(4711) Caves, Melbourne, 2015

Zilverster van Bergen Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2015


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Irene Hanenbergh's practice deals with concerns of disciplined immaterial sensibilities within (marginalized) Romantic, Visionary and Fantastic art genres. She uses various media including drawing, painting, sculpture and print media. Hanenbergh completed a Master of Fine Arts by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts (The University of Melbourne) in 2010. She holds as well a BFA (Hons) in Painting and Sculpture from The Academy of Fine Arts Minerva (1988, The Netherlands), a BFA (Hons) in Printmaking, from The Athens School of Fine Arts (1995, Greece) followed by 2 year Postgraduate Research at the same academy. Additionally she completed a Post Graduate Program at The Royal College of Art (1992, London). Intermittently over the last 25 years, she has spent considerable time on artist residencies & for the purpose of exhibitions, in various locations across Europe, Asia (Japan and Thailand) and the USA (NYC). Hanenbergh teaches Master of Contemporary Art at the VCA, University of Melbourne.

She has held solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally; amongst other 'Mild Fantasy' at Neon Parc, 'Libertine, Celestine', at Neon Parc, 'House of Dandelion & Lohr (outperformance)' at Hugo Michel Gallery, Adelaide; 'Feldspar' (with Storm Gold) at BUS Melbourne, 'Argyle Dreaming (1863)', a Black art project in Sydney; 'Dada-Roman (4711)', at Caves in Melbourne and collaborative exhibitions as Zilverster with Sharon Goodwin, at Sarah Scout Presents in Melbourne and in 'Lurid Beauty' at the National Gallery of Victoria. Zilverster is currently showing in 'All the better to see you with (Fairy Tales transformed' at the Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne, 2017.

Other recent solo shows have included 'Long Live Jezebelusa (The overseer & the divide)' and 'Lace Monitor (Victoria Everglades)' at Ryan Renshaw Gallery in Brisbane; Periwinkle Flower for the Beggar' and 'Laudanum & De Breeder' at Neon Parc in Melbourne. Over the last few years Irene has contributed to a number of notable group projects/exhibitions such as 'Lubok 11', a collaboration between Lubok Verlag (Leipzig) and PrintRoom (Rotterdam) presented at Museum Boymans Beuningen in Rotterdam; 'Misshaped Head' and 'Like Mike' (Neon Parc), 'Sedition' (Bus Projects), 'The Parlour # 2' in Brooklyn, NY and previously in shows such as 'Athens Pride', The Breeder Gallery, Athens; 'New Psychedelia', QU Museum, Queensland; 'Show You My World', Gitte Weise Gallery, Berlin.

Hanenbergh's work is held in public and private collections in the Asia-Pacific (Australia, Japan, New Zealand), Europe and the United States; including The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), QU Museum (QLD), The Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (Victoria), Artbank Australia (NSW), ABSOLUT European Collection (Stockholm, Sweden), Centre for Contemporary Art (The Netherlands), Collection ASKT (Athens, Greece) and Rabobank (The Netherlands).

Irene was twice named as one of 'Australia's 50 Most Collectible Artists' by Australian Art Collector.

About Zilverster:
'Zilverster is an ongoing collaborative project between Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh, Melbourne-based artists who have garnered strong individual reputations for their imaginative, elaborate and meticulously rendered expanded drawing and painting practices. What began in 2010 as a problem solving exercise - with one artist offering problematic, unfinished works to the other for advice on resolution - has evolved into a rich shared practice that continues to extend the discursive as well as process potentialities of each artist. While there are many shared interests and concerns between the two artists - (art) history, fantasy, cult iconography, alchemy, supernatural phenomena to name a few - each operates from a distinct temporal and imaginative framework: Goodwin's contributions are embedded in a medieval, Gothic context while Hanenbergh's derive from a European Romantic sensibility. Zilverster's practice continues to develop out from an original series of beautiful, fantastical drawings that remain compelling in their strangeness'.

Hanenbergh is represented by Neon Parc
Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) is represented by Sarah Scout Presents

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