On the trail of art

“While as an artist I love Australia, art has no country…”

Hans Heysen

Hans Heysen was born in Hamburg in 1877. He arrived in Australia 7 years later. He left school early to take up a rather unpromising position in a hardware store. Luckily, his passion and talent for art was recognised by a group of wealthy Adelaide art patrons, who arranged for Hans to study in France. Returning to the Adelaide Hills, he went on to produce monumental visions of trees, animals and toiling men. A knighthood was received in 1959. Around 1969, the Bonython family began to champion the concept of a major walking trail in his honour. The Heysen trail starts at Parachilna Gorge in the North and stretches 1200km to Cape Jervis on the south coast. The track finished construction in 1992. Strong walkers have been known to complete it in under 60 days, if the weather is good. I, like most Adelaideans, have only done the easy bits. #whodoesntloveagumtree #letsmakelemonade

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