Amsterdam-based artist Hannah van Bart (b. 1963) investigates the mechanics of interior and exterior life in her art, creating portraits that incorporate both found imagery and her own memory or imagination of her subjects’ inner stories. Her paintings and works on paper typically present a central, lone figure as van Bart carefully considers each person’s psychological landscape. Van Bart's painting vocabulary is marked by distinctive outlines, repeated patterning, and intensely layered brushwork, which she couples with expressionist color—saturated hues and matte palettes. Her figures are both fixed and unfixed forms situated within a dark and dreamy realm, offering elusive, idiosyncratic portraits with a wide-range of fluctuating expressions.
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