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Hannah Cole

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Hieroglyph, oil on canvas, 24" x 20." Everything in the piece is hand painted, including the gravel pieces and "spraypaint."
Beyond, oil on canvas 24" x 24." Handpainted without the use of technical aids.
DETAIL: Beyond, oil on canvas 2" x 4" section. Handpainted without the use of technical aids.
Draw Now, watercolor on paper 8" x 10." All markings and pinholes are watercolor.
Pins #1, watercolor on paper 8" x 10." Everything visible is watercolor.
Artist's Statement

I compose tight abstractions from fragments of the city that normally go unnoticed.
In the grey grid of the city, I select traces of a human hand; the wobble of a tag or a trowel mark, or a history of notes left for the UPS man. I paint these moments of carelessness with immense care. The translation is at once a devotional act and a meditation. The paintings have a playful relationship with the history of New York painting, skirting the line between tight figuration and abstraction.
In my drawings, I use the same method of minute observation while shifting the focus from exterior to interior. In the private space of the studio, the same attention to surface references the practice of painting itself. In examining the idiosyncratic clutter on the walls of the studio, one moves from the public space of the street to glimpse the individual tics of the artist.



Boston University, Master of Fine Arts, Painting
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, Art History, with Distinction

Solo Exhibitions

Mantle, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston
I Move to Keep Things Whole, Laconia Gallery, Boston
Instant Sublime, Greene Contemporary, New York
Wish You Were Here, former Lebanon Pavilion, Venice
New Paintings, Alpha Gallery, Boston


Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming
Fundacio Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize Finalist, Barcelona
St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico
Esther B. Kahn Award, Boston University
Dean's Scholar Award, Boston University
Sudler Award for the Arts, Yale University

Selected Biography

"Keen Eye and Cunning Craft," Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, January 6, 2010
“Hannah Cole at Alpha Gallery,” Carl Little, Art in America, 2007