Hannah Adamaszek is a fine artist located just outside of Brighton, who specialises in painting beautiful spiritual women. It’s the expressions Hannah captures that draws your attention and pulls you in. The subject of her work portrays a strong, powerful spirit, but look closer and you can see a vulnerability in each.
The colours used in her works are subtle, earthy and inspired by nature. You can’t help but think of her paintings as painted with the colours of the wind.
Hannah doesn’t just paint canvas either, as she has a talent for urban street art and enjoys painting huge blank walls, transforming them into portals for giant Native American goddesses to peep through.
We’ve interview Hannah on her work, check out her answers to our questions below.
How and when did your style first develop?
I think I’ve always painted in the style I have now, it’s what came most naturally to me. I only fairly recently in the last 2 years started to use stencils as I felt it made the eyes softer and stronger, rather than when I was hand painting them. I was influenced a lot by punk when I was growing up, this teamed with my love of nature have really pulled my style together. It’s more the subject in the painting that has changed over the years.
Your paintings look they have a heavy Native American vibe to them, is this where you get your inspiration from?
I really love everything about the Native American culture, how they used nature in their environment. They also appeared to have strong characters with an innocence about them. My Dad used to draw Native Americans, so was an inspiration when I was growing up.
How do you create your paintings?
I normally start by researching what I might want to paint and finding visual references that I can put together. I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and use that everyday along with blogs and getting out to exhibitions. From there I make a stencil and spray onto a canvas that I had added a bit of texture to. Then I work into the stencil with acrylics and spray paint; layering and deleting until I feel the painting is finished. Sometimes it takes a lot of working into, and there might be a totally different painting underneath.
Have you trained in art practices? If so, would you recommend going to university to study fine art?
I started by studying at West Kent College, I did the foundation course which was a brilliant way for me to try as many mediums as I could. I was drawn towards painting, photography and design. I then went on to do a degree in photography in Bournemouth, but it wasn’t really the right course for me. After that I changed to Fine Art, but soon fell out of love with painting. After studying I stopped painting for about 6 years. I think it helps to know what you want to do as a career before you start a uni course. At the time I didn’t know I wanted to be an artist. If I got a chance to go back in time, I would have tried to do some internships in different industries to decide which course would get me to where I wanted to be.
Which painting of yours is your favourite?
I don’t think I have a favourite one, they have all been different experiences for me. If I were to pick one it would depend on my mood, today I like Wolf Drawn, the warm earthy colours are nice and relaxing.
Every character in your work looks spiritual and powerful, are you spiritual yourself?
I’m not spiritual myself, but I do like to visit places like the mountains. They make me feel free but small.
What have been your career highlights so far?
There have been so many, I had my first solo show last year which was an amazing experience. I’ve started painting in the streets too the larger scale is exhilarating. I’ve met so many great people since I started out as an artist, and continue to make new friends, that has been one of the greatest parts.
If you could exhibit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
There are so many great places to go. For the art, I’d love to go to California.