Hannah Buchanan

Hannah Buchanan

she / her
Bromley, United Kingdom

Bio

Predominantly a landscape painter, Hannah Buchanan (b.1997) is a British artist currently based in Kent. Buchanan’s focus on the landscape is stimulated by her passion for the environment and an interest in Biocentrism. Buchanan studied Fine Art with History of Art at the University of Leeds where she developed her ability to capture the delicacy of the English countryside through oil painting. Buchanan aims to create a sense of nostalgia in her work, simultaneously reminding the viewer of the fragility of our climate today. Buchanan has exhibited nationally, most notably with the Royal Glasgow Institute, winning the Cuthbert Award for ‘Work of Distinction from a New Young Artist.’ She enjoys painting in a greenhouse as her studio, as she is inspired by the greenery around her that is constantly changing through the seasons.

Artist Statement

My focus on landscape painting is stimulated by the changing of the seasons and an interest in Biocentrism. Through oil paint, I aim to record the pulses of life emanating from the natural environment, whilst also focussing on the delicate and impermanent nature of our climate today. By using psychogeography as a means of exploration, I am able to approach an environment with a deeper scrutiny, deconstructing the essential characteristics of the landscape from which I draw inspiration. I feel a strong connection to the Kentish countryside, where I have lived for most of my life and this has become the subject of many of my paintings.
 
My most recent work is painted with a sensitive emphasis on the fragility of the surrounding landscape. The emotion portrayed in each painting is dependent on the time of day I choose to depict, which ranges from bright, energising colours elicited in strong daylight to the muted, soft colours created through dawn and dusk. To achieve this, my current work consists of detailed landscapes which are formed through several thinly applied layers of oil and pigment. With this technical decision, I am able to amalgamate realism with a utopian depiction of the setting, using sketches, photographs and my own memories to work from. The very nature of a certain light across a landscape combined with the ephemerality of memory adds to the suggestion of a fleeting, gentle moment in time and space. I hope this evokes a feeling of nostalgia, creating a mindful and contemplative experience for the viewer. 

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