‘My work explores how subconscious mind relates to ‘darkness’ and ‘blackness’ and aims to depict the beauty, mystery and unexplained power that is associated with black skin’.
Portrait and figurative Painter Christopher Hanson classically trained at the London Academy of Representational Art (LARA), an atelier school that employs traditional, time-tested ways of teaching. His works take the form of large-scale realistic portraits of subjects, using traditional painting methods that present representations of Black bodies, and investigate his interest in painting Black skin. His works often explore the fear and fascination associated with dark skin and the depiction of the Black body as exotic, hyper-sexual and hypermasculine.
The Art House will support Hanson on an International research residency at The Bo Bartlett Center in Georgia, USA. Hanson is inspired and influenced by the work of Bo Bartlett, an American realist painter with a modernist vision, whose works finds beauty in the everyday, and in America’s people, stories and landscapes. The project aims to connect the artists for the first time during the residencies, and Hanson will create new work to be included in a major solo exhibition in 2023.
Image: Christopher Hanson, Dusk, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.