Artist Lori Hanson featured at Tahoe college
April 4, 2009
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” Opening Thursday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Haldan Art Gallery, is a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings titled, “Views.” This exhibition features the work of Bay Area artist, Lori Hanson.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Hanson has been exhibiting her work in the northern California region for many years. Throughout her career, her work has shown a concern for narrative imagery both figural and landscape. This body of work focuses exclusively on the landscape of the California foothills ” the place she now calls home.
Painting “en plein air,” Hanson’s paintings are often bathed in the golden light of late afternoon. The characters that animate these views are the oak trees that inhabit the California foothills. And each of her oak trees resonates with individual character. The artist breathes life into these organic forms with an intricate style of brushwork that seems to almost dance the jig across the wood panel surface. Rich in detail and coloration, Hanson’s oil paintings are reminiscent in surface treatment and tonality of 15th century northern European paintings. They share the same jewel-like surface and intricate brushwork of a Jan Van Eyck altarpiece.
The subject matter, however, is all California. Her plein air landscapes pay homage to a host of early 20th century artists who painted those golden hills before her. But there is something entirely contemporary in the way Hanson puts it together. Coming from an education that stressed the physical surface of the canvas over illusionary form, Hanson comes to the realm of landscape painting through the back door. This gives her work a unique quality in that they show an understanding of abstraction and the importance that surface plays in the development of form.
Equally intricate and visually rewarding are the charcoal and pencil drawings.
Hanson shows her deftness as a draftsman in these stunning portraits of trees. The drawings reveal the level of concentrated study that the artist brings her subject.
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An Artist’s Talk will be held in the Haldan Art Gallery at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, prior to the artist’s reception.
The public is welcome. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, June 20.
The college is off Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Gallery hours are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11a.m. -2 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information call (530) 541-4660, ext. 251.