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Erin Hanson Biography
Hanging precariously and horizontally from red sandstone, hundreds of feet above the ground, may not seem like it would inspire the creation of beautiful oil paintings, but that is exactly what happened with Erin Hanson. After a lifetime of experimenting in different styles and mediums, it wasn't until Hanson began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon that her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature.
Erin Hanson began painting as a young girl, voraciously learning oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors. She began commissioning paintings at age ten, and by age twelve, she was employed after school by a mural studio, learning the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of forty-foot canvases. Two years later, a high school scholarship took her to Otis College of Art, where she immersed herself in figure drawing. Graduating high school at age sixteen and once again demonstrating that she was a child prodigy, Hanson next attended UC Berkeley, excelling further in her studies and creative development and attaining a degree in Bioengineering.
After graduating from college, Hanson entered the art trade as a professional, inspired by landscapes and vantage points only beheld by the most adventurous. Rock climbing among the brilliantly colored cliffs of Nevada and Utah, watching the seasons and the light change daily across the desert, provided endless inspiration for her work. In these beautiful surroundings, Hanson decided firmly to dedicate herself to creating one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since and has for the past decade been developing a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, which has become known as "Open-Impressionism." As other artists began emulating her painting techniques, Hanson was credited as the pioneer and originator of this contemporary style.
Through the years, Hanson has continued to use the outdoors to inspire a huge collection of work. She visits the Colorado plateau every year, backpacking and hiking through areas such as Zion National Park, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley. Other favorite haunts include Paso Robles, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Anza-Borrego desert. Erin Hanson transforms these landscapes into abstract mosaics of color and texture, her impasto application of paint lending a sculptural effect to her art. Her oil paintings stand out in a crowd, bringing a fresh new look to Western landscapes.
ERIN HANSON'S PAINTED PARKS. Solo exhibition St. George Art Museum. 2016.
A FEELING OF HUMANITY: WESTERN ART FROM THE KEN RATNER COLLECTION. Mattatuck Museum, 2014. Rockwell Museum of Western Art, 2015. Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, 2015. Museum of the Big Bend, 2016.
LA SALLE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, Philadelphia, PA. Permanent collection, 2014.
MATTATUCK MUSEUM, Waterbury, CT. Permanent collection, 2014.
BONE CREEK MUSEUM OF AGRARIAN ART, David City, NE. Permanent collection, 2014.
ST GEORGE ART MUSEUM, St. George, UT. Permanent collection, 2013.
Exhibitions & Awards
COWGIRL UP! Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ. 2016
THE ERIN HANSON ART & WINE TOUR. Paso Robles, CA. 2015
ART IN EMBASSIES. U.S. Department of State. 2015
SAATCHI ART. The Year in Review: Best of 2015.
WOODLANDS WATERWAY ART FESTIVAL. Best in Show for 2015. Houston, TX.
INDIAN WELLS ART FESTIVAL. Poster Artist for 2015. Indian Wells, CA.
HERMOSA BEACH ARTWALK. Poster Artist for 2015. Hermosa Beach, CA.
THE MOUNTAIN OYSTER CLUB ART SHOW. Tuscon, AZ. 2014
WORLD WIDE ART LOS ANGELES, Artavita Contest 1st Place Winner. Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Despina Tunberg. 2014.
PASO ROBLES: WORKS OF ERIN HANSON. Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA. Curated by Anne Laddon. 2014
ERIN HANSON: BORREGO IN COLOR. Tumbleweed Art Gallery, Borrego Springs, CA. Curated by Glenda Garmon. 2014
PASOSCAPES: OILS BY ERIN HANSON. Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA. Curated by Sasha Irving. 2013.
EARTH, SKY, WATER. Arts at Denver, Denver. Curated by Paula Colette. 2013
LA JOLLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. 1st Place Painting. 2013
BORREGO ART INSTITUTE. Borrego Springs, CA. Curated by Barbara Nickerson. 2013
ART IN THE PARK. Boulder City, NV. 1st Place Painting. Juried by Boulder City Hospital Foundation. 2012
ERIN HANSON: COLORS OF PASO, SOLO SHOW. Paso Robles, CA. Curated by Sasha Irving. 2012
BOULDER CITY FINE ART FESTIVAL. 1st Place Fine Art. Juried by Boulder City Art Guild. 2012
NATIONAL OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTERS' SOCIETY: Best of America 2012
CA 101 EXHIBITION, 2012, Redondo Beach, CA. Curated by Sandra Liljenwall. 2012
ICONS OF THE WEST 2012. Missoula, MT. Curated by Dana Gallery. 2012
DESERTSCAPES: COACHELLA VALLEY AND BEYOND. Palm Desert, CA. Curated by Jana Koroczynsky. 2012
THE MAJESTICAL ROOF. Downtown Pasadena, CA. Curated by Christina Burnal. 2009
LIGUORI GALLERY SOLO SHOW. Boulder City, NV. Curated by Steven Liguori. 2007
VALLEY OF FIRE VISITOR'S CENTER. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. 2006
Listings & Memberships
AskArt, The Artist's Bluebook
Marquis Who's Who's
California Art Club
American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America
Lectures and Demonstrations
Open Impressionism Live Demonstration. Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA. 2014, 2015.
Burbank Art Association Demonstration and Lecture, by Erin Hanson. The Erin Hanson Gallery, Glendale, CA. 2013.
PasoScapes Demonstration of Open Impressionism, by Erin Hanson. Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA. 2013.
Art Marketing Workshop with Erin Hanson. Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA. 2013.
Open Impressionism Workshop with Erin Hanson. Paso Robles, CA. 2012
PGA West Clubhouse, La Quinta, CA. 9-ft oil diptych painting of local landscape, plus many prints. 2015
Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrace, CA. Large 9-ft oil painting of local landscape. 2014
UCLA Medical Center, Tustin, CA. Gallery-wrapped canvas prints. 2014
Kaiser-Permanante Hospital, Irvine, CA. Two oil paintings of local landscape. 2013
Kaiser-Permanante Hospital, Carson City, CA. Two oil painting commissions, 6ft and 5ft. 2013
Kaiser-Permanante Hospital, Anaheim, CA. 19-Ft oil painting of local landscape. 2012
Nordstrom Stores. Multiple purchases of oil paintings. 2009
Otis College of Art and Design. Special scholarship program. 1996
Delphi Academy, La Canada, CA. High School Diploma. 1998
University of California, Berkeley. Dean's List. Bachelor of Science. 2003
Open-Impressionism: Landscapes in Oil, Volume II, by Erin Hanson. 2016
California Wine Country: Impressions in Oil, by Anja Wulf. Hardcover, 200 pages. 2015
Erin Hanson Design, Flipbook for Creative Decorating, by Erin Hanson. Paperback, 52 pages. 2015
Open-Impressionism: The Landscapes of Erin Hanson, by David Lear. Hardcover, 298 pages. 2014
Yearly wall calendar, 2013 - 2016.