Hannah Nowlan
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 Artist Profile.

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Artist Hannah Nowlan, Half Moon Bay Pier, Black Rock, Australia Photograph ©  Suzi Appel

Artist Hannah Nowlan, Half Moon Bay Pier, Black Rock, Australia
Photograph © Suzi Appel

PROFILE

Biography

Hannah Nowlan is an emerging artist living and working in Black Rock, Victoria, Australia. Considerably influenced by the surf culture of Victoria’s coastline, Hannah’s practice attempts to communicate the relaxed and therapeutic atmosphere of Australia’s vast natural landscapes.

Intangible spirits and sensory ghosts are an ongoing thread within Hannah Nowlan's practice. Working between landscape and abstraction to explore themes of death, duality, mythology and spirituality. Hannah’s painterly narratives blur the boundary between object and image, landscape and home, fable and reality. With a sophistication and insight beyond her emerging status, Hannah unites mythology and story telling with a visual allegory that is both compelling and beautiful.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking from the Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne. She was a finalist in the Incinerator Art for Social Change Award and participated in a two month International Artist Residency at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Hannah has also been featured in several art publications and magazines notably The Design Files, Badlands Journal and Unconditional Magazine New York.

‘Latitude’ & ‘The Whaler’ Underworld Exhibition 2018, Original works by Hannah Nowlan. Underworld Partnership with Suzi Appel Shot on Location in Black Rock, Australia. Photograph ©  Suzi Appel

‘Latitude’ & ‘The Whaler’ Underworld Exhibition 2018, Original works by Hannah Nowlan. Underworld Partnership with Suzi Appel Shot on Location in Black Rock, Australia. Photograph © Suzi Appel

ARTIST STATEMENT

Ethos

With strong appreciation for craftsmanship and authenticity, Hannah’s practice enters a field that blurs the boundary between object and image, landscape and home, fable and reality.

Family

Hannah’s practice draws strong focus on family ties. Working closely with her Father, the pair build every element of her practice by hand from their home-based workshop and studio. “Maintaining a wholehearted and independent approach when it comes to stretching, framing and installing my artworks, alongside my Father, is integral to who I am and integral to my practice.” — Artist, Hannah Nowlan

Materiality

Hannah believes that crafted and considered design can transpose our ordinary understanding of artwork, framing and the experience that art can provide within our homes and everyday lives. This is why the artist creates bespoke Tasmanian Blackwood frames with her signature craftsmanship detailing. This belief if further exhibited through the use of partially exposed Linen. Acting as an entry point, the raw linen allows the painting to absorb and communicate with its environment overtime. 

LACUNA Collection 2018 Photograph ©  Suzi Appel

LACUNA Collection 2018 Photograph © Suzi Appel

PRACTICE

Exhibition History

Solo

2019 

‘Chimera’, TDF Collect, Melbourne, Australia 

2018 

‘Cerberus’, Modern Times, Melbourne, Australia 
‘Lacuna’. Saint Cloche, Sydney, Australia 

2017 

‘Underworld’, Grain of Descent, Melbourne, Australia
‘Large—Scale October Series’, Modern Times, Melbourne, Australia 
‘Myths, Moons and Mountains’, Modern Times, Melbourne, Australia  

2015 

‘Sensory Ghost’, University House Gallery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia  

Group

2018 

‘Casa’, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, Australia
‘Pord’, Pord Australia Launch, Gather & Tailer Warehouse, Melbourne, Australia
‘No Peace In Quiet’ NPIQ, Format Framing, Charity Exhibition Livin’ Org, Melbourne, Australia  

2017 

‘Jet Set’, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, Australia
‘Open House’, The Design Files, Collingwood Arts Precinct, Melbourne, Australia  

2016 

‘Pedireito’, International Artist Residency, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal 
‘Home’, Modern Times, Melbourne, Australia
‘Spring Time’, RVCA Corner Gallery, Melbourne, Australia  

2015 

‘Graduate Exhibition’ Drawing and Printmaking Department, The Victorian College of Arts (VCA) 
‘Art for Social Change’, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 
‘Proud’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 
‘Halfway There’, City Library Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

2013 

‘Homunculus Man’, Strip Fest Mural, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Melbourne, Australia