The impetus for my images is based in everyday activities and part of daily life – the aspects that capture life today. This will place my work in my era.
I live surrounded by bush but very close to urban life. This means I am part of both bush and city worlds. The natural rhythm of the bush and its wild life is a complete contrast to the dynamic design and frenetic energy of city life. Both feature in my work.
Pattern is the underlying basis for what I paint. In nature the patterns can be subtle and informal as opposed to the dynamic geometry of the city. I love both and react to them quite differently.
I work mainly in watercolour but come from a printmaking and onglaze painting background. This provides me with multiple skills and I use them all.
Teaching has been an important part of my life and I value the people I have met and how they shared their artistic journey with me as their tutor / mentor.
Qualifications: Dip SAC, Bach Ed
Involvement and Interests:
Full Member: MSWPS
Watercolour Society of Victoria
Contemporary Art Society
Past President of APAT (Vic) Inc
Past Committee / Councillor for : Nillumbik Artists Open Studios member.
Diamond Valley Learning Centre,
APAT (Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers )
AGRA, (Australian Guild of Realist Artists). Editor for their Hues Bulletin for 3 years (2004—2006) and then introduced the enews letter for 2 years.
1988 Co ordinated mural for Bi centenary for VGCP where 18o painters contributed on the piece.
Enjoy family, life drawing, travelling, reading and gardening.
Solo Exhibitions – Selected
2013 Art at St Francis
2012 Static Motion The Light factory Gallery
2009 McGees Gallery
Many shared exhibitions with Pam Merlo Sculptor.
Invitation and Group Exhibitions
2019 In Real Time Hawthron Art Gallery
2019 Watercolour Masters Exhibition Oz Link Entertainment The Age
2017 Nillumbik Art Prize – The Barn Montsalvat Eltham Victoria
2016 Watercolour Exhibition Dalian China
2014 Singapore 45th Watercolour Exhibition
2013 Nanjing 3rd Invitational Watercrmedia Masters Exhibition
Plus many others including Kilgour Prize 2009, Alice Bale, MSWPS, AGRA Without Pier watercolour shows.
Have won many awards including MSWPS Award and AGRA Art Excellence Award , Prizes for best watercolour at many rotary shows over several decades.
1970 – 2019 Trained as a Secondary Art and Craft teacher and have taught in High schools as well as TAFE Learning centres, Art Societies, Private groups and en plein air for almost 5 decades.
2010 – 2019 participated as the art tutor for numerous en plein air overseas workshops – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Turkey, Japan and New Zealand. As well as worked with societies all around Australia.
2016: DVD Painting Roses 1.
2012 – 2015 Published “Painting with Ev Hales” series of 10 ebooks documenting my teaching in the digital format.
2013 “Watercolour the Can Do Approach” ebook by Ev Hales
2012 “Ev Hales A Work In Progress” by Ev Hales
1991 “Australian Orchid Design” by Ev Hales
Numerous articles in the Australian Artist Magazine, Leisure Painter, Art Streams
Dalian art collection, International and National Private Collections.