Hannah Thomas studied Art in University of West of England; she worked as a music photographer in London for nearly a decade, mostly photographing within the rock/metal genre, for magazines, festivals and commissions from bands.
In what seemed a natural transition, and as a result of wanting a new creative direction, she then started working on the Rebel Visions project, which combined the pleasures of paint and the control of digital processes. Hannah recently had a solo exhibition at Green Rooms Hotel in London, which featured pieces from this project.
Her latest work, State of Flux, is a series of nine paintings all dealing with chaos, energy and the nature of constantly shifting states.
State of Flux series. A set of nine paintings that all deal with the chaos and constantly shifting perspectives of both our external and internal lives. The maelstrom of choices and consequences and hesitations that all somehow combine to become our timeline in this world.
My attitude to process was simply to throw out any pre-conceived ideas or self-consciousness so it felt very experimental and instinctive. The paintings are heavily layered, with paint put on and then removed leaving only traces or outlines or stains, and gradually a complex mix of texture and depth is achieved.
I have always been driven by music, and this series was emotionally shaped by the sweeping orchestral heaviness of Scandinavian metal bands. I find painting abstract work like this very similar in many ways, epic, heavy with mood, a defiantly personal view.