Dennis Hope draws the Warwick Town Hall yesterday in his third week in the town.
Dennis Hope draws the Warwick Town Hall yesterday in his third week in the town.

Artist wants to play role in town

THREE weeks after moving to Warwick, Dennis Hope has drawn a sketch of the Warwick Town Hall in an effort to help promote his new home town.

“My wife Marjorie and I moved from Brisbane to Warwick for a better lifestyle,” Mr Hope said.

“We had been through Warwick many times and wanted to get away from North Lakes, a developing area with many future infrastructure problems.

“Warwick is close to our son in Bundamba and daughter in Wynnum.

“Through my work, I want to help promote Warwick to tourists.”

He is a graphic artist and has drawn everything from penal architecture to buildings and military costumes.

Wherever he goes, he draws and that includes Armidale, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Mr Hope did 100 drawings of Armidale and completed six illustrations of Brisbane, which included Customs House, the first Catholic Church in Brisbane and the Story Bridge.

He uses pencil, ink and water colours in his drawings and had a lot of works printed in the Armidale Express during 20 years in the city.

“The council at Armidale bought several originals for the town hall,” Mr Hope said.

At age 80, he has no intention of retiring from his art work.

His life includes working in the mines at Broken Hill, lecturing at the New England University at Armidale and operating the Umberumberka Gallery and Function Centre in Armidale.

The centre was a venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, seminars and meals.

He recalls meeting many Sydney visitors who would fly to Armidale at 8am and fly back to Sydney at 9pm the same day after a visit to the gallery and lunch at the centre during a bus tour of Armidale tourist attractions.

Mr Hope has been perched on a little chair in the gardens opposite the Warwick Town Hall in a seven-hour operation to draw one of the heritage buildings of the area.

He has started work on drawing the Warwick Post Office and has St Mary’s Church in the sights of his pencil and colours.

One of the projects on his radar is a pack of six cards with some noted Warwick buildings on the front of each card. Tourist centres in Armidale are still selling some of the postcards produced from his 1976 drawings.

He has produced packs of cards everywhere from Armidale to Norfolk Island, Port Macquarie and Beaudesert.

In the next year, Mr Hope wants to have his own exhibition in Warwick. One of his exhibitions down the years was for two days on a tennis court at Tewantin.

He is interested in talking to any group keen to host an exhibition of his art work and raise funds to assist a Warwick charity.

Mr Hope can be contacted on 4661 7636 and has 40 works from around Australia ready for exhibition.



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