About Brian Hanson
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I paint landscapes of places visited, Sussex Downs, Rural France, Greek Islands - and I also paint the landscapes of an ever evolving imaginary world.
The paintings in my “Postcard From Oputia” series are in oils on board – using this robust surface makes it easier to scrape back layers of paint to edit and amend, allowing semi - random combinations of tone, colour and line to suggest new and sometimes surprising directions. These paintings are an exploration of a Utopian imaginary world, not only the scenery but an investigation of the culture, mores and sometimes whimsical notions of the Oputians. The default title of “Postcard From Oputia: xxxx” gives me the freedom to explore every aspect of the imagined; by turns surreal, disingenuous, naive or comic, but rooted in classic techniques and vocabularies of landscape painting, referencing themes of exploration and illustration from the past.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Fulham Palace Art Fair
The September Art Exhibition
Pure Arts Group
Avery Contemporary Art
Society Graphic Fine Art
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
The Spa Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
South East Open Studios
Cranbrook Art Exhibition
Saffron Gallery, Battle
Prelude, Spitalfields, London
Tunbridge Wells Art Gallery
Canterbury Art Festival
Maidstone County Gallery
Hertfordshire Art Fair
Prizewinner at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust Exhibition
Selected for "artist magazine" national show, Patchings, Nottinghamshire
Paintings featured in "Oil Painting Workshop" by Aggy Boshoff, published by Dorling Kindersley - demonstrating technique of aerial perspective and impasto styles.
I learnt most about painting from life classes tutored by Laurie Rabson - a very skilled artist and an inspirational teacher who had been at The RA Schools soon after the war and had been a tutor at Croydon College of Art. After Laurie retired from formal teaching I continued to study with him privately and to learn much from his approach and way of seeing. I now continually rehearse my drawing skills, particularly with a portrait artist group - a loose association of artists who meet on a weekly basis to practice painting and drawing and who occasionally exhibit together in South East Open Studios.
On leaving school the plan was to go on to art school but I got diverted and spent 20 odd years playing the drums and keyboards in jazz and rock bands, touring, recording, writing. I played in the UK, Europe and around the world. I recorded an album with jazz/rock group Catapilla, wrote songs and produced and recorded music.
I am still writing and recording music, and am struck by the synergies between painting and music making – how we use the same words such as composition, harmony, tone and colour. Painting and music, music and painting. I’m happy.