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Pink Sleep

50.00"W x 40.00"H x 0.1"D

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Hana Shoup

DENVER, CO

Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: surrealism, surreal, dekooning-ish, dekooning, expressive, purple, yellow, bold colors, dramatic, drawing, abstraction, figurative, expressionist, women, color, contemporary, struggle, drama, pink

Media: acrylic, paper, sand, sawdust, charcoal on paper

Size: 50"W x 40"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2007

I paint my struggle between duality by combining formal abstraction with figuration. My physical gestures and expressionist color convey the power of competing internal and external forces. My figures are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, compressed, and tangled up in each other. At times the figures merge with one another and with their environment. I mix sand and sawdust with my paint to make the surface tactile and earthy. On one hand, my paintings present the physical process of figurative abstraction, on the otherhand, they suggest a psychological struggle with an uncertain outcome.

I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.

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