Wild ride

Wild Ride

Piece description from the artist

In "Wild Ride", I combine abstraction with figuration by merging physical gestures with ambiguous anatomy. I blur the figures and elevate their actions as they are desperately clinging to a bucking horse. The internal and external force of a mood swing is the emotional ride represented by the horse. While I reveal human anatomy through repeated drawing, many impulsive and disjointed elements persist. On the surface, my paintings are a record of the physical processes of drawing and painting. With a closer look, the emerging 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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