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Patricia Hansen painting Southwestern Peonies

Still Life & Portrait Painter

Editor's Note: While parts of the text of this studio visit article were first published in 1999, the photographs and biographical information are current in 2008.

BIDDINGTON'S CREATIVE PROCESS interviews painter Patricia Hansen in her SoHo (New York City) studio.

Patricia Hansen
Southwestern Peonies

Patricia Hansen: My grandmother was an artist. She made sculpture, drew cartoons and wrote poetry, mostly humorous. From her unpretentious offerings I learned that visual art could be used to establish values and to enhance the quality of life, as well as to express oneself. I'm originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to New York City in 1979. Southern roots, with their narrative tradition, were instrumental in my original interest in painting people.

Patricia Hansen portrait 

Patricia Hansen: My portraits are in the art historical tradition of serious portraiture by artists such as Velasquez. These paintings depict the subject realistically but I also use other objects in the paintings to give more information or to make a comment on the life of the subject.

Patricia Hansen
Allegorical Portrait Painting

Hansen detail from Dancers portrait painting

Patricia Hansen: In Dancers the beautiful child at the center of the painting is painted as a fully formed person. However, the girl is being buttressed by an outside hand who is anonymously lending assistance and helping in her performance. And, of course, the face of the puppet is another portrait.

Puppet Detail from Dancers

In the catalogue notes for one of Patricia Hansen's shows, Kenneth Baker art critic of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE wrote:
"What strikes me first about all of Hansen's paintings is the display of skill in them. Her finesse at making images from life, especially of people, is spellbinding. Such magical skill, powerful enough to captivate, can make one uneasy: this artist can show us whatever she wants us to see! It calls for an avowal of good conscience in its use that we get in the work of too few realists. (I miss it in Philip Pearlstein's and Richard Estes' work.)"

Patricia Hansen cityscape painting Harvest Moon

Patricia Hansen: Moving to New York changed the nature of my paintings; I started using the views from my loft as a backdrop for the figurative pieces. The idea of landscape expanded; at times, the city itself becomes my subject. I paint cityscapes looking across the rooftops from my loft.

Patricia Hansen
Harvest Moon

Patricia Hansen charcoal Rooftops in Snow

Patricia Hansen: Now these cityscapes provide a break between my larger scale, more psychologically complex paintings.

Charcoal Drawing:
Rooftops in Snow

Patricia Hansen: More than just an abundance of flowers, my still life paintings show a focus on both inner reflection and physical reflection. These still lifes have a lot of complexity and meaning for me. Sometimes the still lifes are freestanding and sometimes they are part of the tapestry of a portrait painting.

Patricia Hansen still life painting Late Day Peonies

Patricia Hansen
Dahlias with Cityscape

Regarding Patricia Hansen's work, Kenneth Baker art critic of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE wrote:
"There is typically more ambiguity in Hansen's pictures that her realistic style implies".
Patricia Hansen still life painting Golden Fish

Patricia Hansen
Golden Fish

Patricia Hansen animal painting

Patricia Hansen: When I am traveling, I paint what I feel and I have a strong sense of the "connectedness" of all things. When visiting some friends' farm, I paint all the farm animals: pigs, cows, goats, ponies, chickens. Many of my people portraits, and sometimes even my still life paintings, include the household pets.

Farm Animal Painting Wall

Patricia Hansen 
dog painting Yorkies

Patricia Hansen

Patricia Hansen  
small painting Skater

Patricia Hansen: Throughout my life I have traveled extensively and feel that my contact with other people and cultures have fed my work--and my spirit--and continue to have a catalytic effect on my painting. Indian miniatures I saw in the Huntington Library inspired the composition of this small painting of a girl skating.

Patricia Hansen
Small Panel Painting

Patricia Hansen, in her 
SoHo NYC Studio

Artist Patricia Hansen
in Her SoHo Studio, 2008

View Patricia Hansen paintings currently offered for sale:
Still Life Paintings
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Patricia Hansen Commissioned Portrait Paintings
Basic price structure:
Up to 32inches X 36inches $18,000
Up to 60inches X 48inches $23,000
For each additional figure on the canvas, add $5000.

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Patricia Hansen is represented in major collections including:
New Orleans Museum of Art (LA)
Tulane University (LA)
CIT Corporation (NY)
American Express (NY)
The Bunnen Collection (GA)
McGraw Hill Publishing (NY)
Coca Cola (GA)
Georgia State University (GA)
HBO Collection (GA)
The First Bank Collection (IN)
Raeburn Corporation (CA)
DIORKI Publishing (Madrid, Spain)

Patricia Hansen Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Bespoke Gallery (NYC 2007), Hambidge Center for the Arts (GA), George Mayers Gallery (Los Angeles), Armstrong Gallery (NYC), Heath Gallery (Atlanta), Bienville Gallery (New Orleans), American Center (Alexandria, Egypt)

Patricia Hansen Selected Honors and Awards:
2000 Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain)
1991 Hambidge Center for the Arts Fellowship(GA)
1991 Montalvo Center for the Arts Fellowship (CA)
1984-1990 Project sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts
1983 Camargo Foundation Residency (France)
1980 MacDowell Colony Fellowship (NH)


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