Hannah Woodman

Hannah Woodman was born in 1968 in Totnes, Devon. She studied at Exeter College of Art and Design and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, before training to teach at the London Institute of Education. Having taught and lectured in schools, museums and galleries for six years she turned to painting full time. Since then she has had a series of sell out one-woman shows in London and the provinces and her work is now held in private and public collections both at home and abroad. Hannah is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.

Hannah’s Cornish ancestry influenced her permanent move there twelve years ago and she has a strong connection with the Cornish School of painting.  Her favourite subjects are the dramatic beach and seascapes around Sennen, Godrevy and Cape Cornwall and the rural lanes and villages closer to her home such as Mawnan Smith or St Agnes on the North coast. She depicts the footpaths, ragged fences and distant farm buildings responding to the spirit of the land rather than topographical accuracy.  The work is poised between abstraction and figuration.

She will often start a painting and then return to it later when her previous marks become a springboard to further exploration. This creates a tension between the abstract demands of the paint and her creative memory of a place.  She uses both brush and palette knife to work and move the paint in new directions. She works at close quarters with the paint surface and then stands back to mediate on the image forming.  Her paintings evolve slowly over several months.

Figures are absent but there are markers of human presence; lanes, paths, fencing, telegraph poles and references to distant buildings, which provide a structure for her expressive layers of impasto. Her paintings are about the spirit of a place and the presence of the hidden lives that inhabit it.

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