Born (Norman) Laurence Hope on 9 March 1927 in Sydney. Father Norman Thomas Hope and mother Gertrude Ethel Mary (Hely) both trained at Brisbane Art School. Brother (Norman) Thomas Hope [1924-1988] worked in the family commercial art business.
|1935-1939||Lives in Seaforth, North Sydney . Attends school with a young Charles Blackman. Art Teacher was Rah Fizelle. Develops mature style of watercolour technique. Parents established commercial art business. Attends Mosman High School.|
|1940||Wins Australia-wide Sun Youth Art Contest with a watercolour painting of Church Point. Travels to Brisbane, Gladstone and Heron Island. Inspiration for future journeys.|
|1941-1944||Attends East Sydney Technical College. Shows considerable technical proficiency. Assists in family printing business. Exhibits three paintings dealing with bushland journeys in the Department of Education's gallery.|
|1944-1945||Travels by train to Brisbane via Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads with some sketches and a suitcase in hand. Meets young poet Barrett Reid and the Barjai group of writers including Barbara Patterson (later Blackman) and Judith Wright. A lifelong friendship ensues. Works in naval stores and resides in hostel for a few months. Has two paintings reproduced in Barjai journal.|
Exhibits with Younger Artists' Group of the Royal Queensland Artist's Society. Reviews in The Courier Mail acclaim Hope's painting Men in the Markets as outstanding. Forms Miya Studio with Laurence Collinson and Pamela Seeman. Support of Professor James Duhig and Dr Gertrude Langer. Attends lectures given by Dr Langer on Chinese and Oriental art, Impressionists, Fauvism, Gauhaus, Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter.
Lives in small room in Spring Hill. Begins to set himself up as a painter. Records post-war images of street people and slum dwellers. Painting Spring Hill now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Hitchhikes with Barret Reid to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Their travels are documented in the newspapers. Visits John and Sunday Reed at their farmhouse, Heide. Meets Danila Vassilieff, Joy Hester and Sidney Nolan painting the Ned Kelly series. Paints Man in Bed at Heide now in museum collection. Nolan paints Hope's portrait, now in the Gallery of South Australia. Meets writer Max Harris. Visits Arthur Boyd and John Perceval at Murrumbeena. Returns to Brisbane.
|1949-1951||Travels throughout north Queensland. Works on a diverse range of jobs on the road and in the jungles. Paints vivid bar room and tropical jungle scenes. Hitches to Melbourne with Charles Blackman. Visits National Gallery of Victoria to view William Blake's watercolours.|
|1952||Leaves Brisbane for Melbourne to broaden artistic horizons as had friends Barrett Reid, Charles and Barbara Blackman and Laurence Collinson.|
|1953-1955||Member of the Contemporary Art Society. Loves at various times with Barrett Reid, Georges and Mirka Mora in their studio/gallery and in Nolan's loft in East Melbourne. Solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane alongside contemporaries Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman, John Perceval, Margaret Olley, Arthur Boyd, Kathleen and Leonard Shillam, Alan Sumner, Inge King and Ola Cohn.|
Art teacher at Footscray Technical School, Melbourne.
Exhibits at The Johnstone Gallery in group show with Arthur Boyd and Judy Cassab. Wns Robin Hood Art Prize of £50 for oil painting, Winter Landscape. Paints large format works which explore the private world of lovers, dreamers and sleepers.
|1963-1970||Travels to London by ship. Friendships with other expatriates John Perceval, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd and Barry Humphries. Travels throughout Europe and North Africa. Undertakes acting role in Philippe Mora's film Trouble in Molopolis. Travels to America, Mexico, Tahiti, Fiji, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, India and Egypt.|
|1972||A son, Danton Daniel Hope, born to wife Marna Shapiro in London. Solo exhibitions in London. Friendship with Andy Warhol results in series of paintings based on Warhol's play Pork.|
|1975-1980s||Retrospective exhibition at Holdsworth Galleries in Sydney (114 works). Included in many group exhibitions at Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne.|
|1989-1991||Married (Judith) Wendy Shaw, Sydney, N.S.W. Lives with wife Wendy, in Sydney.|
|1993||Returns to live in London.|
|1990s||In London produces paintings of luminous interiors and vivid harbour scenes.|
|2000||Major exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane.|
|2001-2002||Retrospective exhibition at Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane touring to Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne and Sir Hermann Black Gallery at University of Sydney.|