My paintings deal with identity. I am fascinated by the way that art can capture, glorify, and immortalize a person. Great portraits of the past provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own artwork. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits.
I make mixed-media drawings in which I combine abstraction with figuration. My style features physical gestures, expressionist color, and ambiguous anatomy. I articulate existence as duality by drawing forms that are both representational and abstract. By making art, I create a physical record of personal expression while observing the world. You can see more of my work on my website hanashoup.com