Director of the 2013 International Fleet Review, Captain Nick Bramwell, has congratulated Australian naval artist Ian Hansen who has been awarded the International Fleet Review Art Commission to paint the commemorative re-enactment for the centenary of the arrival of the First Australian Fleet Unit into Sydney Harbour.
“Naval artwork is an ongoing source of pride, history and reminds current members where we have come from. I hope Mr Hansen’s work will inspire future generations of the Royal Australian Navy and others,” Captain Bramwell said.
Captain Bramwell also acknowledged the generous support of sponsor QinetiQ Australia, whose Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Woolford, joined Captain Bramwell and the artist at the signing ceremony in Sydney this week.
Alan Woolford said that QinetiQ was proud to be on board with the Royal Australian Navy for the International Fleet Review and to commission this commemorative artwork on their behalf.
“We have a deep appreciation of Australia’s naval history, having supported the Royal Australian Navy for almost 100 years through our own company heritage. The signing of this agreement represents our commitment to continue providing the same independent and trusted advice they have come to rely on,” Mr Woolford said.
Mr Hansen won the highly sought-after commission out of a pool of some of Australia’s leading maritime artists, following a robust six-month selection process by QinetiQ Australia and the Australian War Memorial.
Mr Hansen’s International Fleet Review Artwork will feature the seven RAN ships entering Sydney Harbour on 4 October 2013, exactly 100 years to the day after the arrival of the First Australian Fleet Unit into Sydney Harbour.
Mr Hansen joined the Royal Australian Navy at 15 as an apprentice shipwright and served for 12 years, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He saw active service in Vietnam 1967-68.
Ian painted continually in off-duty hours, recording the ships and scenes he observed during his travels. He was offered his first solo exhibition in 1974 while he was still in the Navy. In 2000 Ian was invited by the Royal Australian Navy to go to East Timor as an official artist to record the Navy’s activities during that operation.
Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131437.