I fell in love and connected with Hannah Adamaszek‘s work as soon as I saw it, the British based urban artist paints her emotions, experiences and the world around her by “portray[ing] it through a woman’s eyes”. Her bold paintings depict emotionally-charged women in soft pastel and earthy hues with dark undertones, which beautifully capture juxtaposing characteristics “subtle yet strong, bold yet delicate; balancing these contradictions provide the individuality to each of her pieces” which “capture the feeling of being, a state of mind where the beauty and timelessness of the world come into sharp focus.”
A lot of Adamaszek’s inspiration and influence comes from the great outdoors, she describes nature as “the greatest artist” and utilises the shapes, patterns and colours that she sees in her natural environment and translates them into her vivid paintings.
Adamaszek works with pencil, spray paint, stencils, acrylics, charcoal and a lot of water to create a multitude of textured layers to add depth to her work and to bring her paintings to life. I particular love the speckles of spray paint and running paint that gives it so much personality. “She [also] favours her work finished crude and gritty leaving the layers of progress to be admired.”
Adamaszek works both in and out of the studio, and as a female urban artist she injects a welcoming feminine and emotional touch to a heavily male dominated culture. She “love[s] the scale of the street pieces” and the fluidity that comes with painting in front of a live audience. She has created outdoor pieces for various Street Art Festivals including Streetfest, Upfest – Europe’s largest street art festival and Gloucester Paint Jam to name a few.
Adamszek also finds “the street work much looser and quite often [she] doesn’t know what [she is] really going to end up painting until [she] starts” whereas “the canvases are much more planned and a lot more time is spent on building layers of paint” it can take up to two weeks or longer for her to complete a canvas where as her street art can take anywhere between three to eight hours.
It was very interesting to find out that although Adamaszek studied many creative courses including an Art Foundation Course, Photography and Fine Arts, the whole process made her “fall out of love with painting and [she] stopped painting for about 6 years. It was only after having some time away from painting that [she] knew it was what [she] wanted to be doing.” Her best moment of “being” an artist “is still the first and it was handing in [her] notice for [her] last job and realising [she] was going to be doing something [she] never had dreamed would truly happen.”Studio images by Liam Keown. All other images courtesy of Hannah Adamaszek.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the talented human that is Hannah Adamaszek, her beautiful works are for sale you can buy them here and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram at @hannahadamaszek to keep up with all her projects! Xx Nadine