Hannah Williamson’s practice deals with locating points in time and space, image construction and identity. Using found postcards of Old Master paintings connects Williamson’s work to the history of art whilst also expressing something of the present. The interplay between mark and space is vital in the delivery of the artist’s imagery. The tension, suggestion and disintegration of boundaries which occur between the accidental and deliberate, dislocated and fixed, offer a language through which the meaning of the work is best articulated. The process of ‘drawing’ from the past and ‘drawing’ from the present is used in both in literal and conceptual senses. The landscape of form is negotiated through a mixture of marks, where colour, form, space and scale are paramount.
Williamson’s recent exhibitions and nominations include Standing on the Frontier at Unit24 Gallery, London, 2014, Paint Like You Mean It, (longlisted artist), Interview Room11, Edinburgh, 2014, Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art, 2014, shortlisted artist, 2014, Wells Art Contemporary, group show selected by Bruce McLean, Dan Hayes and Richard Wentworth CBE, Wells Museum, 2013, ArtLacuna Prize Exhibition 2013, Photo and Print Salon 2013, show selected by John Stezaker at Charlie Dutton Gallery, June 2013 and Salon Art Prize 2012, Griffin Gallery, Salon Art Prize tour, London, November – December, 2012 and Open 2012, group show at Café Gallery Projects, London, 2012. Williamson is a graduate of Camberwell College of Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and Chelsea College of Arts.
What is it about Young Masters that you are most interested in?
It’s really nice to be part of something which connects people to art – its history and what it is today. I’m excited to be part of a group of show where the standard of work is so high. I’m really, really, REALLY pleased to have the opportunity to show a body of works in a setting where art is really celebrated and given a proper space.
Can you explain to us what your work is about?
The work is about connecting; Past/present, abstract/figurative, and relationships on the whole. My work also questions the status art object. I’ve chosen to uniquely embellish a mass produced item………………. I find my work difficult to talk about so excuse the non-elaborate answer!
Which artist/s are you most inspired by?
Gosh this is such a hard one. I think my focus changes so my appreciation for different artists work shifts and is in a constant state of flux. I’ve never gone off any artists; but one notices new things the whole time re-looking at work. I learnt a lot through teaching art and art history. I love the old masters…………..Constable, Turner, Reynolds…………………………………..recently I’ve been looking at Dutch still life…………and always contemporary art too. There’s a lot of good art out there.
Can you tell us something about your background?
I was born and still live in London. I went to The Slade to do my degree. I taught art in schools from 2005 – 2013. Last year I felt that I needed to spend more time focusing on making my own art; so I’ve been doing exactly that since July 2013.
What inspired you to become an artist?
Being an artist fulfills me in every sense. Being an artist summarizes all of my values about everything and one really lives it. I’m not sure I ‘became’ an artist necessarily; I guess I just am one.
If you weren’t an artist what would you be?
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
My stoicism shocks me sometimes, even in the face of adversity……so my greatest achievement would be continuing not only be inspired (against the odds) and my having a voracious drive make more artwork – which seems to be increasing in depth and meaning. Being selected for the Young Masters Art Prize is a massive achievement for me.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue to be inspired, to explore and create.