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Hannah Maybank

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Hannah Maybank’s paintings employ the landscape as a motif to investigate what paint can do in both a physical and illusory sense. She has developed and modified a process of making paintings through layering areas of latex in between numerous layers of flat acrylic colour.

Starting out as a series of black calligraphic-like ink drawings, the composition of each painting is pre-determined by a series of carefully worked, to-scale line drawings on layers of tracing paper. This multi-layered and exactly registered set of drawings is then transferred to the surface of the painting at their pre-designated stage. Success or failure is often granted at the final stages of the making of each piece. Alongside the rigidity of the carefully worked, drawn composition, chaos and the unpredictability of materials come into play. Construction and destruction work hand in hand as the surface is ripped, ruptured and sliced and the picture revealed.

Echoing the process of the acrylic and latex paintings, through her series of watercolours, Maybank uses the rigidity of pencil outline with the un-reined bursts of coloured washes. Presence and absence is once more explored as the heavily pigmented blooms sit robustly amidst the empty fragility of the stems and buds.

Whether through the visceral paintings, energetic ink drawings or ephemeral watercolours, her use of nature parallels the cycles within life: the weight of what has been and what is yet to come.

Hannah Maybank

1974 Born Stafford, England
1994 Foundation Studies, Walsall College of Art
1997 Gained BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University
1999 Gained MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London

Solo Exhibitions
2010 Hannah Maybank, ‘Works on Paper’, Gimpel Fils, London
2009 Hannah Maybank ‘The Invitation’, Gimpel Fils, London
2008 Hannah Maybank, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Hannah Maybank, ArtSway, The New Forest, Hampshire
2005 Hannah Maybank, Gimpel Fils, London
Hannah Maybank, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
2004 Hannah Maybank: Paintings, Queen Street Studios, Belfast
2002 Hannah Maybank, Gimpel Fils, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 “We Are 10 – Party!”, The New Art Gallery Walsall
2009 New Forest Pavilion, Palazzo Zenobio, 53rd Venice Biennale
“Flash Company”, Cecil Sharp House, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2008 “Precious Things” a group show at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, curated by
Graham Crowley
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Outlines, Gimpel Fils, London
2007 Top 20, 39, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Wood for the Trees and Falling Leaves, Gimpel Fils, London
2006 Deck of Cards, 39, London
Passionate Collectors, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
2005 Lekker, APT Gallery, London
2004 Tracing the Land, Gimpel Fils, London
Pub Crawl, 39, London
Christmas Tree, 39, London
2003 The State of the House, Korean Ambassador’s residence
Please Take One, 39, London
2002 Miniature, Raid Projects, Los Angeles and Tokyo
Location:UK, Gimpel Fils, London
2000 Counter, Camberwell, London
1999 Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London
don’t smoke in my house, Cremer Street, London
1997 Northern Graduates, Curwen Gallery, London
1996 Outside Now, 3 Month Gallery, Liverpool

Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship 2010-2011
ArtSway Production Residency, October/December 2008
T.I Group Award 1999
Stephenson Harwood Prize 1999
John Crane Travel Award 1998

International Art Fairs
Art Dubai. 2009
Armory Show, New York, 2002
Frieze Art Fair, London, 2003
Art Cologne, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2007
Artissima, Turin Art Fair, 2001 & 2002
Melbourne Art Fair, 2002

Recent Exhibits

Hannah Maybank participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 Contemporary British Watercolours
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Jul, 2014 In Conversation
Gimpel Fils Gallery
May, 2014 Bobhowlers and Blooms
Gimpel Fils Gallery
Sep, 2013 Solo Exhibition
Gimpel Fils Gallery
Jan, 2013 The Horse that has Visions of Immortality
Gimpel Fils Gallery
Nov, 2010 works on paper
Gimpel Fils Gallery
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