Hannah Luxton makes drawings, paintings and site specific artworks inspired by the Romantic notion that the divine is located within raw nature. Lifting organic and ethereal subjects from the natural world, she reduces and refines them into to her minimalist language of motifs. Each object has a value, and when they co-exist their significance is compounded.
Juxtaposed with the authority of geometry and symmetry, her meticulously composed paintings have an emotive core that is elemental, yet fragile and fleeting. Forms and gestures allude to the experience of the senses, and naked linen gives substance to otherwise empty space, whilst exercising a deeper understanding of colour relationships. Paint stains and slides over her smooth, labour-intensive panel works, offering a different range of marks to that of her canvases. Luxton’s paintings are worlds that slow time and activate imagination. Paradoxically, their surface textures bring an immediacy to the work that, in the same instance, resituates them as objects.
Luxton (b. London 1986) lives in London and works from her Tannery Arts studio. Slade School of Fine Art MA (2012). Kingston University, Fine Art BA (2008). Exhibited widely in London in independent solo and group exhibitions, and internationally including India and Iceland. Residency awards include The Fljotstunga Travel Farm, Iceland (2015) and the Trelex Residency, Switzerland (2013).