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Brian Hanson

Joined Artfinder: May 2013

Artworks for sale: 45

(6)

United Kingdom

About Brian Hanson

 
 
  • Biography

    Thank you to all my followers on Artfinder!  

     

    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.

     

    Exhibitions include:

     

    The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

    Fulham Palace Art Fair

    The September Art Exhibition

    Pure Arts Group

    Avery Contemporary Art

    Society Graphic Fine Art

    Parallax 2

    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.    
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    Event: The Benenden Art Show

    Dates: April 6, 2019 - April 7, 2019

    Venue: Benenden Village Hall, Benenden, Kent, UK

    Group show organised by Grierson Galleries

    Event: Benenden Art Exhibition

    Dates: April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018

    Venue: Benenden Village Hall, Benenden, Kent, UK

    Group show at Benenden Village Hall, Kent, England organised by Grierson Galleries. More details at http://griersongalleries.com/events-and-exhibitions/#april-art-show

    Event: South East Open Studios

    Dates: June 9, 2017 - June 25, 2017

    Venue: Ballards End, Goudhurst, Kent

    In June 2017 I will be exhibiting along with four other artists at Ballards End, Goudhurst, Kent as part of The South East Open Studios scheme.

    For further details please see http://www.seos-art.org/brian-hanson/

    Event: The Cranbrook Art Show

    Dates: Nov. 12, 2015 - Nov. 14, 2015

    Venue: The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent, UK

    The Cranbrook Art Show 2015

    The Vestry Hall, Stone Street, Cranbrook, TN17 3HA
    Thursday 12 November - 10am to 8pm
    Friday 13 November - 10am to 5pm
    Saturday 14 November- 10am to 5pm
    Entrance is free

    For further details please see www.cranbrookartshow.org.uk

    Event: The September Art Exhibition

    Dates: Sept. 5, 2014 - Sept. 14, 2014

    Venue: The Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst, East Sussex, UK

    The September Art Exhibition, Wadhurst, East Sussex was established in 1996. From modest beginnings the show has grown to become an important and eagerly awaited event in the art year. Operating on a non-profit making basis the exhibition is open to all and was established by artists seeking to create an accessible and varied show, it achieves high visitor numbers and has an excellent reputation with consistently strong sales. It is a friendly, professional and enjoyable event.

    www.septemberart.org

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There are no upcoming events

Show previous events Hide previous events

Previous events

Event: The Benenden Art Show

Dates: April 6, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Venue: Benenden Village Hall, Benenden, Kent, UK

Group show organised by Grierson Galleries

Event: Benenden Art Exhibition

Dates: April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Venue: Benenden Village Hall, Benenden, Kent, UK

Group show at Benenden Village Hall, Kent, England organised by Grierson Galleries. More details at http://griersongalleries.com/events-and-exhibitions/#april-art-show

Event: South East Open Studios

Dates: June 9, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Venue: Ballards End, Goudhurst, Kent

In June 2017 I will be exhibiting along with four other artists at Ballards End, Goudhurst, Kent as part of The South East Open Studios scheme.

For further details please see http://www.seos-art.org/brian-hanson/

Event: The Cranbrook Art Show

Dates: Nov. 12, 2015 - Nov. 14, 2015

Venue: The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent, UK

The Cranbrook Art Show 2015

The Vestry Hall, Stone Street, Cranbrook, TN17 3HA
Thursday 12 November - 10am to 8pm
Friday 13 November - 10am to 5pm
Saturday 14 November- 10am to 5pm
Entrance is free

For further details please see www.cranbrookartshow.org.uk

Event: The September Art Exhibition

Dates: Sept. 5, 2014 - Sept. 14, 2014

Venue: The Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst, East Sussex, UK

The September Art Exhibition, Wadhurst, East Sussex was established in 1996. From modest beginnings the show has grown to become an important and eagerly awaited event in the art year. Operating on a non-profit making basis the exhibition is open to all and was established by artists seeking to create an accessible and varied show, it achieves high visitor numbers and has an excellent reputation with consistently strong sales. It is a friendly, professional and enjoyable event.

www.septemberart.org


 

Biography

Thank you to all my followers on Artfinder!  

 

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.

 

Exhibitions include:

 

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Fulham Palace Art Fair

The September Art Exhibition

Pure Arts Group

Avery Contemporary Art

Society Graphic Fine Art

Parallax 2

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.    
 
 
 
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