Regarder

Regarder

Piece description from the artist

My art is formed by my passion for materials, classic forms, women's biographies, and art history. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits. My paintings often combine formal abstraction and classical figuration with physical gestures, expressionist color, and ambiguous anatomy.

My current series of paintings address the issue of identity as I take on the dual role of sitter and artist. I am fascinated by the way that art can capture, glorify, and immortalize a person. I admire great portraits of the past, which provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own paintings. I then insert my facial features and structure this insertion as a classical self-portrait. I play dress-up with art history by taking on the clothing, hair, and environment of another persona. This allows me to craft the fantasy most effective to my desire to experience another world within a painting.

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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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