Erin Hanson: The Orange Show
October 1st - October 28th
The Erin Hanson Gallery | 2732 Gilroy St, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Erin Hanson presents contemporary impressionist landscapes with orange as the predominant color. From orange rock desertscapes to orange wildflowers to sherbet orange sunsets, Hanson's lively brush strokes and vivid color will come alive against the midnight blue walls of The Erin Hanson Gallery.
Erin Hanson: The Orange Show offers an exploration of solidarity and examination of color rhythm, focusing entirely on the color orange.
The Orange Show | Opening Reception
Saturday, October 1st | 5pm - 10pm
October 1st - October 28th
Gallery Walk-In Hours:
Monday through Friday, 1pm - 6pm
Please contact us to make an appointment for any off-hours viewing.
The Erin Hanson Gallery
2732 Gilroy St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Interview with the Artist
1) What inspired you to create a collection surrounding a singular predominate color?
I am always looking for ways to push myself artistically and challenge the way I think about color and composition. I came up with the idea of focusing on a single color for a whole collection as a way to really delve into the boundaries of "orange" and explore how this color can be used in different landscapes to create an emotional impact. Whenever I push myself like this, I am always amazed at the creations that come out, and I am excited to see what this focus will bring to life.
2) You are noted as frequently exploring the United States for inspiration, will this collection feature an array of geographical locations?
Yes, this collection will include landscapes from around the West, from snowy Colorado peaks to red rock canyons to autumn aspens to sherbet-colored wildflowers. It will be fun to look at some of the landscapes and regions I've painted over and over in this new and different light.
3) What is your most memorable response to your work?
A few years ago I was at the Sausalito Art Festival, and I was watching an older man with large, calloused hands flipping slowing through my several bins of prints. After about 30 minutes he turned to me and there were tears streaming down his face. He told me he had worked in construction his whole life and had never seen beauty like I had just shown him in my art. I was very touched. It was so nice to see a real genuine response to my paintings that made all the hard work I do seem very worthwhile.
4) How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process?
I am generally overwhelmed by far too many ideas than I could ever paint in a lifetime. I go backpacking and hiking regularly throughout the year, targeting National Parks and other picturesque locations. Every time I go out, in fact every time I see a beautiful sunset or an interesting copse of trees, I get a new idea for a painting. I always get excited when I see a new combination of abstract shapes in the landscape, or a new color of light hitting a surface.
5) How would you describe your style?
I call my style "Open Impressionism." It is a unique blend of impressionism and expressionism, inspired by the natural landscape around me, the result of 20 years of experimenting with and painting in oils. The thick, chunky brush strokes seem to have a life of their own, and I get caught up in the energy and motion of the brush strokes while I am painting. I find my pieces tend to have a mosaic or stained glass quality, as I build up effects of light and shadow with contrasting values and color.
Picture courtesty of LA Lady Magazine and Photographer Stevie Nelson.