Break away


Piece description from the artist

Hana paints her struggle between duality. She combines formal abstraction with figuration in mixed media, physical gestures, expressionist color, and ambiguous anatomy. She blurs the identity of her figures and instead elevates their actions. They are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, compressed, and tangled up in each other. Physical distortions convey the power of internal and external forces. Hana mixes sand and sawdust with paint, then applies it with bursts of energy balanced by constrained movement. This results in a give-and-take of shape, color, and texture. While she reveals human anatomy through repeated drawing, many impulsive and disjointed elements persist. On the surface, her paintings present the physical process of formal abstraction, but with a closer look the competing figures suggest physical and psychological struggles with an uncertain outcome.

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About Hana Shoup

Denver, CO

I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.

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