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When H. Craig HANNA was an art student in New York in the 1990s he craved something more permanent than the performance art and installations of his peers and discovered that in order to move forward, he had to look back. At a moment when figurative drawing was considered old fashioned, Hanna instinctively knew that […]

When H. Craig HANNA was an art student in New York in the 1990s he craved something more permanent than the performance art and installations of his peers and discovered that in order to move forward, he had to look back. At a moment when figurative drawing was considered old fashioned, Hanna instinctively knew that he could learn from observing Great Masters like Velasquez, Sargent, Titian, Rubens or Rembrandt. He honed his personal style by grasping the rules, then breaking them. The results of H. Craig HANNA’s rule bending are paintings that are deeply grounded in his exquisite draftsmanship and sensitivity to color, but which live in our own time.
H. Craig HANNA’s desire to create contemporary art with traditional skills led him to experiment with painting in ink on Perspex, an unconventional technique that he brings to maturity in his monumental recent works. There is no room for error in this fluid medium – the inks dry very quickly on the plastic – necessitating extensive preliminary studies in charcoal, pen, pastels and oil paint before he dips his brush in the ink and applies it to the verso of the Perspex. The deceptively chaotic application of ink belies H. Craig HANNA’s profound understanding of the figure perfected by years of drawing from life and his ingrained balance of color, which he combines to produce deep emotion within his compositions.
Claire Van Cleave, art critic

H Craig HANNA Winter Trees 2017
Winter Trees
H Craig HANNA Wave and Rocks 2017
Wave and Rocks
H Craig HANNA The Lake 2017
The Lake
H Craig HANNA Purple Landscape 2017
Purple Landscape
H Craig HANNA Paysage de Fleurs 2 2017
Paysage de Fleurs 2
H Craig HANNA Paysage de Fleurs 1 2019
Paysage de Fleurs 1
H Craig HANNA End of Summer 2017
End of Summer
H Craig HANNA Vue de campagne 2019
Vue de campagne
H Craig HANNA Thomery, branches 2017
Thomery, branches
H Craig HANNA Study End of Summer 2017
Study End of Summer
H Craig HANNA Sea view in light 2017
Sea view in light
H Craig HANNA Sea view in Grey 2017
Sea view in Grey
H Craig HANNA Reflet de lune 2019
Reflet de lune
H Craig HANNA Road 2017
Road
H Craig HANNA Rochers 2017
Rochers
H Craig HANNA Rocks and Sea 2017
Rocks and Sea
H Craig HANNA Roof, Trees and Shy 2017
Roof, Trees and Shy
H Craig HANNA Sapins devant la Mer 2017
Sapins devant la Mer
H Craig HANNA Pink Flowers 2017
Pink Flowers
H Craig HANNA Nature 2017
Nature
H Craig HANNA Nature morte à la chatainge 2017
Nature morte à la chatainge
H Craig HANNA Les Berges 2017
Les Berges
H Craig HANNA La Vague 2017
La Vague
H Craig HANNA La Hague de Millet 2017
La Hague de Millet
H Craig HANNA Bord de lac 2017
Bord de lac
H Craig HANNA Deux buissons 2017
Deux buissons
H Craig HANNA Impression 2017
Impression
H Craig HANNA L'Estran 2017
L'Estran
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