Hannah Lee has graciously allowed us to showcase some of her striking, texture rich art in our Art Galleries which you can find here.
She comes from a line of artists her Grandfather was a painter her aunt a sculptress and her mother a painter. This stood Hannah in good stead for her choice in Vocation. Hannah went on to study photography she graduated with a degree in photography in 1988 and set up a thriving business specializing in theatre portraits (with help from the Princes Trust). Sadly, at the age of 26, Hannah was struck down with a disabling illness that prevented her from continuing her photographic business. Due to the severe effects of narcolepsy and cataplexy she was forced to become registered disabled. However, after battling with the illness and side effects for 6 years, Hannah was introduced to Creative Response, which was to become a major turning point in her life. Creative Response is an independent provider of arts related services for vulnerable people, working with those who experience mental and physical distress, alcohol and drug related problems, as well as those with special needs.
It was through Creative Response that Hannah was introduced to the medium of oils, a medium that she has worked with ever since. Hannah’s early works were derived from sky studies, often inspired by her own photographic work on cloud formations. The study of clouds appealed for a number of reasons. “I found it very therapeutic. It allowed me to translate images into abstract expressions of mood and feeling”. This quality can be observed throughout her work. Her work displays a sensual quality, which itself is representative of her own experiences as a child. “I like to incorporate the sensual quality of paint, which I first discovered as a child when I loved to touch my mother’s paintings”. Hannah entered her first ever oil painting into the established Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in April 2000, but unfortunately was rejected.
However, to her delight, she was subsequently accepted into Not the Royal Academy Exhibition at the Llewellyn and Alexander Gallery in London. Hannah’s Nudes show a close cropped view of male and female torso. Interested in are judgment of people based on how they look, her viewpoint disconnects us; the body seems somehow different seen at such close quarters. Fascinated by beauty of the way skin covers bone, her work combines an attention to detail and a slight stylization as she interprets the surface of the body. The latest works by Hannah are her spiritual paintings which were born from a deep meditation. Hannah had a stack of thirty canvas's by her side and a stick of charcoal as she went into meditation the images and shapes came to her whilst her eyes were closed. One by one the outline of the paintings were produced. The amazing thing was that when Hannah came to paint them each separate picture when put against the wall all together actually made one huge painting. This then happened again with a further twenty paintings.
All of Hannah's Paintings can be brought as a print at £15 per print plus postage of £5.
If you look up in to the night sky in the countryside where there is no light pollution you will see the largest canvas available for the eye to see. Hannah has managed to make it possible for all to have a bit of the universe by creating her latest range of works based on stars.
As with all her series of paintings the colours are a delight and draw you in to the amazing bursts of light that our own galaxy provides every day. Each one tells a story of the planets that provide us with a polka dot blanket each night. The collisions of colour portray the movement that is not visible to the naked eye. The universe is always on the move and Hannah's delicious style reminds us that there is more out there than we can see.
One thing you can not say about Hannah's work is that it is stagnant she is forever reinventing her work and experimenting with the canvas and the paints. Her latest works depict the beauty of nature and our earth mother. Hannah's own personal journey is portrayed with energetic, textured and aesthetic work that has so much movement it is calming. Even as a non wiccan the work draws you in to another realm where things are balanced and beautiful. Hannah's spiritual paintings which were born from a deep meditation. Hannah had a stack of thirty canvas's by her side and a stick of charcoal as she went into meditation the images and shapes came to her whilst her eyes were closed. One by one the outline of the paintings were produced. The amazing thing was that when Hannah came to paint them each separate picture when put against the wall all together actually made one huge painting. This then happened again with a further twenty paintings.
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