Hans Heysen was born in Germany and arrived in Adelaide in 1883.
He was a prolific and very popular watercolour painter, specialising in portraying Australian bush landscapes.
Heysen is generally rated as the chief protagonist in charcoal and watercolour of the Australian gum tree, immortalizing it in his paintings as an Australian symbol.
Hans Heysen studied at the Norwood Art School, the Adelaide School of Design and the Academie des Beaux-Arts.
He won the Crouch Prize, the Vizard-Wholohan prize and the Wynne Prize a staggering nine times.
Heysen was conferred an OBE in 1954 and knighted in 1959.
A member of the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1940-1968.
His works are represented in Australia’s State and National galleries, many regional art galleries, several university collections, the British Museum and private collections in Australia and overseas.