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Erin Hanson: The Orange Show

Southwest Art Magazine Show Preview

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Orange Show
The Erin Hanson Gallery, October 1-28

CALIFORNIA ARTIST Erin Hanson wanted a challenge. The answer was the color orange. 

Hanson has been creating a painting a week for the last 10 years and says the practice has helped evolve her unique style, which she calls Open Impressionism. Recently, she was looking for a way to push that evolution even further. This resulted in her upcoming exhibition, The Orange Show, which features paintings that are predominately orange. 

"I picked what I consider to be the most challenging color because I don't want this to be easy," she says of the project. "I want this to force me to confront an area and a color I am not really comfortable with."

Hanson says the focus on orange deviates from her comfort zone of purples and greens. To prepare, she started visiting new places and hiking in different environments, including Colorado and Utah, where she photographed the aspens at their peak fall colors. She also visited places like Canyon De Chelly National Monument, where the rocks can be nothing but orange. 

Hanson says her painting CRYSTAL DAWN (pictured right) is a perfect example Erin Hanson orange paintingof the works in the show, as well as the message she hopes visitors take away. CRYSTAL DAWN depicts sparse trees against a vibrant background as the mountains of Zion National Park glow blue in the distance. Hanson says she created this image from the parking lot of the parks visitor center. But when she visited, the sky was gray and bleak. "The idea is to get people to look at the world differently and to brighten people's outlook and really make them see that they are on this beautiful planet," Hanson says. "Maybe they'll take a second look at these trees and realize that they really can be beautiful.

Hanson says she is excited to see the paintings hanging together in her gallery, where the midnight-blue walls are sure to create a particularly special viewing experience. 

The Orange Show runs through the month of October, beginning with an orange-themed opening reception on October 1st from 5pm to 10pm. 

Article by Mackenzie McCreary
Southwest Art Magazine, Sept 2016.

Erin Hanson: The Orange Show  |  The Orange Collection

Erin Hanson painting Gilded Path
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Erin Hanson painting Shaded Breeze
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Erin Hanson painting Monument in Orange
Monument in Orange  |  50x36  | View Online

Erin Hanson painting Sunflowers in Orange
Sunflowers in Orange  |  40x60  |  View Online


Erin Hanson ArtistERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism.

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