Karate Crack (Early Work) - Contemporary Impressionism Paintings by Erin Hanson

Karate Crack (Early Work) - Contemporary Impressionism Paintings by Erin Hanson

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Early painting [2007] of Red Rock Canyon by Erin Hanson

Karate Crack (Early Work)



40 x 30 in


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About the Painting

"Karate Crack" was one of the first paintings Erin Hanson ever painted in the style of Open Impressionism, painted while she was developing her style and rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Her style of painting in distinct brushstrokes separated in mosaic-like shapes was developed in her attempt to capture the planes and dark cracks in the rock faces she loved to climb.

Erin's iconic style "Open Impressionism" is now taught in art schools worldwide, and her pieces hang in the permanent collections of many museums in the United States. This rare painting was made available for us to sell on consignment.

This is a painting of "Karate Crack", one of the first trad climbs Erin ever accomplished. The bright colors capture the feel of the multi-colored sandstone of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. The painting was done on 3/4" stretched canvas, and the piece arrives framed in a new 3.5"-wide black and gold plein air frame.


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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