Season of the Witch #11, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
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About the Artist
Hannah Thomas (b.1972, UK) is an abstract painter whose work draws on the influence of artists such as Francis Bacon and HR Giger, as well as the films of David Lynch. Her large works are a combination of abstraction and biomorphic shapes that stem from ideas of Absurdism and personal freedom: a plea for release of one’s potency in a world that increasingly restricts and confines. She trained and worked as a photographer in London, specialising in music, for over a decade before shifting her focus to painting. Her move over to painting was primarily borne of a desire to work creatively in a fully autonomous way, with no rules; it was a space to be truly experimental. Her energetic paintings are an attempt to make tangible in a series of signature shapes and motifs, a view of human confusion and the multi layered nature of experience.
About the Artwork
These works are based on fundamental, existential concerns; isolation, alienation, the importance of the freedom of the individual. This series of paintings conveys the desire for such freedom and the challenges posed by external threats to that freedom, usually represented by disembodied, teeth filled mouths or a hybrid creature, the harbinger of chaos, predation and impenetrability. This, the Witch referenced in the title of the series, is the very embodiment of the unknown.