New York-based, North Carolina-born, multidisciplinary artist Hannah Witner holds a BFA at Parsons School for Design. Her work spans from colorful, surrealist, and psychological oil paintings, whimsical drawings, and commercial design. At the heart of her work lies a passion for uncovering the hidden potential of materials, psychological processes, and the human condition, which she undertakes in a spirit of curiosity and experimentation. Her work combines touches of realism with meta-fiction and comedy and reflects our disorder, dissociation, detachment, individualism, transience, and weird minutia of morphing characters, figures in motion, and layers of reality.

Witner’s work combines humanoids with an expansive array of visual material with immense play of colors, beginning in consciousness and transience. Her work combines touches of reality with meta-fiction and comedy and reflects our disorder, dissociation, detachment, individualism, transience, and weird minutia of the human condition. It echoes the phenomena of the subconscious through morphing characters, figures in motion, and layers of consciousness and reality through bold juxtaposition of line, color, and shape. She pokes at the flawed and unexplainable through painting and illustration, expressing a disorderliness that is both humorous and amorphic. Witner hopes her new bodies of work read as an exploration into the boundaries that comics and cartoons can push into traditional and non-traditional painting techniques and experimental forms. She has been working with the juxtaposition between the intense high frequency of chaos balanced with low frequency moments of rumination. Primordial and apocalyptic; sweeping and specific; humorous and biological: all exploring the chaos and order of moments in between what we can actually see.

 

Hannah has been a merit studio resident at NG Art Creative Residency (Provence, France), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland), Zaratan Arte Contemporânea (Lisbon, Portugal), The Bowery Union (formerly ConArtist Collective NYC; NYC, USA), C-3 Lab (Charlotte, NC, USA), and in 2021-2022 will participate in residencies throughout Europe. Hannah is a part of a number of artist-run art collectives and studios in NYC, has been included in many exhibits in NYC; she has work in private collections across the US, as well as in Portugal, France, and Germany.


She works as a graphic designer in NYC.

About the Artist.

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 EDUCATION:

2015 - 2018  BFA: Parsons School for Design; New York, NY

                     Major in Integrated Design, minors in Fine Art and Graphic Design
                     Summa cum laude, honors; BFA Merit Scholarship for Visual Art

2014 - 2015  Wake Forest University; Winston-Salem, NC
                     Karen Dingledine Presidential Scholarship for Visual Art

2011 - 2015  Apprenticed with artist Lee Buamgarten at the Civic & Cultural Art Center of Pineville; Charlotte, NC

RESIDENCIES

2020; Buinho Artist Residency, Messejana, Portugal

2020; NG Art Creative Guest Residency, Eygalières, France

2020; Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

2020; Zaratan Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal

2020; C-3 Lab, Charlotte, NC, USA

2019; The Bowery Union (formerly Con Artist Collective NYC), New York, NY, USA

MEMBER COLLECTIVES:

Solas Studio; New York, NY, USA (Browse Work for Sale)

The Bowery Union; New York, NY, USA

Representation at PIAPH; New York, NY, USA

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS:

2021; Aesthetica Magazine

2021; EmbraceCreatives.com  |  Home Page Feature

2021: Artist Profile Video Interview with Solas Studio

2021; The Painting Center NYC

2021; booooooom.com  |  High Frequency

2021; Gallery M&Art agents - Museum of Contemporary Art, Artplu in Shanghai, China

2020; Friend of the Artist: Volume 11
2020; ArtJobs.com  |  Portrait Submission

(forthcoming); Interview with Visionary Art Collective

AWARDS:

2020; Shortlisted for Gallerie Heimat Art Prize, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

2020; NG Art Creative Guest Residency, Eygalières, France

2015; Scholarship for Visual Art, Parsons School for Design, New York, NY, USA
2014; Karen Dingledine Scholarship for Visual Art, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

2013; NC Governor's School West Awardee/Attendee in Visual Art; Winston-Salem, NC, USA

PRESENTATIONS:

2020; Guest Panelist; Parsons School for Design Navigating the Field Lecture, New York, NY

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2021; FunHaus (guest curator Tiffany Street), Solas Studio, New York, NY

2021; ArtAuc Finder Auction, London, UK (Virtual)

2021; Atopos, The Holy Art, London, UK (Virtual)

2021; Spring Showcase, Solas Studio; New York, NY

2020; Creatures, Beasts, and Myths; The Vacant Museum; Virtual

2020; SOLO; Hannah Witner: To Be, Zaratan Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal

2020; Street Gallery Project Retrospective, The Bowery Collective, New York, NY

2020; Street Gallery Project, The Bowery Collective in Soho, New York, NY

2020; Showcase, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
2020; Year of the Fancy Rat, 69 Eldridge St, New York, NY
2020; PIAPH Grand Opening, 198 Allen St, New York, NY
2020; State of ReUnion, The Bowery Union, New York NY
2020; National Exhibition of American Art: Altered States (used as promo image for the show); Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2019; SOLO; Showcase, 166 Bowery, New York, NY

2019; CONstitution, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; Les Femmes, Rue B, New York, NY

2019; Artist Showcase, Rue B, New York, NY

2019; March Studio Residency Showcase, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; Spring, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; Handle with Care, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; Poetry, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; February Studio Residency Showcase, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; Listen!, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; The Thread, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2019; BFA Integrated Design Thesis Show, Parsons School for Design, New York, NY

2016; Monumental Public Space & The Human, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2015; Parsons Pop-Up/Print Shop, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, New York, NY

2015; Student Art Exhibition, Hanes Gallery of Art, Winston-Salem, NC

2015; Student Art Exhibition, StArt Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

2014; PaperMade Exhibition, Federation University, Sydney, Australia

2014; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Group Exhibition, Spirit Square Galleries, Charlotte, NC

2013; Site-specific installations: Forgotten Spaces; Winston-Salem, NC

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

Private Collections: New York City, North Carolina, Germany, France, Portugal

Wake Forest University Art Collection, Winston-Salem, NC

Parsons School for Design Art Collection, New York, NY

BROWSE WORK FOR SALE:

Browse Work for Sale  |  EmbraceCreatives.com

Browse Work for Sale  |  Solas Studio
Browse Work for Sale  |  AucArt