Robert Hagan is an artist from Australia. “I was born in Murwillumbah, NSW Australia and spent my youth between Brunswick Heads and Chillingham in and about the beautiful Tweed Valley. I attended Murwillumbah High School and excelled at nothing very much other than football and the final exams which got me a scholarship to University. 4 years later I graduated with an Arts degree in Economics and a Diploma in Education.
I married and divorced, taught high school at Wauchope High School and St Ives High School. I had my first exhibition at the Woollahra Galleries in 1974 and another at the Holdsworth Gallery with my two brothers. The shows were largely unsuccessful, but nevertheless encouraging. I took a year away trying to paint and with little progress returned to the classroom. as Subject Master at St Pius X College for a year. Confronted with the choice of an offer of Subject Master at Sydney Boys Grammar and painting I again chose the later. I was now 28.
The next year I spent wandering and painting.During the teaching period I suffered burns and spent a year out, had a head on car accident in the Cahill Expressway tunnel, had the dubious pleasure of ‘helping’ put a stop to the practice of short selling, started painting and was guest on a few TV talk shows.” – Robert Hagan