John Austin Hanna Artist Biography
John Austin Hanna grew up in Beaumont, Texas and always had a passion for art. His paintings have been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York, Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, and his family gallery, RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg.
John recently was honored with a feature article in Southwest Art Magazine's December 2015 edition. Gussie Fauntleroy’s article is entitled "A Touch of Humanity" and in it she states, "Hanna is especially drawn to places where his value of visual beauty intersects with his attraction to land and structures shaped by the human hand and often steeped in time: old rock walls, working farmyards, aging barns. "What I enjoy are scenes with humanity in them. That's one reason I love the area around Fredericksburg, with the old farms, although they’re disappearing fast.” Other places call to him for their glimpse into Texas history, including old sections of Houston or the Galveston waterfront, where pre-Civil War buildings from the cotton-shipping era still stand.
John says that his ideas for paintings come from things he’s observed." “The subject pretty much selects me,” he says, “it’s something that just hits me.”
As a 20-year illustrator in New York and Dallas he’s worked for Ian Fleming and Warner Bros., been published in Automobile Quarterly, Car and Driver, Town and Country, worked for Mercedes, Volkswagen, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Borden's, Pearl, Coors, Phillips 66, and Shell Oil, and can be found in books published by Harcourt Brace and World and McGraw Hill.