• Nadine Hansen

    Nadine Hansen
    • Artist Statement
      • In my painting practise I have incorporated aspects of the Venetian method, as I am inspired by the admirably skilled Renaissance artists. Larger paintings can take up to 3 months to complete nas I work in oil paint with various layers of paint and glazes.

        I focus on portraits and still life artworks; my self-portraits are executed on round or oval shaped canvas. Each portrait represents a glimmer or an aspect of human emotions aiming to engage with the viewer and communicate my personal connection to the natural world. Each painting represents a moment in time where I have gained clarity or insight, whilst spending time outdoors in the company of birds, animals or plants.

        My paintings usually consist of a self-portrait with added objects or living creatures. These additions serve as symbolic references to the contemplative state of the portrait.
    • Interview
      • Tell us about yourself. Where are you based and where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I live just outside of Stilbaai on the Southern Cape Coast in a Nature Reserve. I share my life with my Husband, who works in Nature Conservation and our son. I have a day job. Nights and days off are spent painting in my studio. I have always been very sensitive to nature’s beauty and the human condition lies central to my work. The interconnectedness of nature inspires me. I have always had meaningful discussions with people in my studio. These encounters somehow leave footprints in my subconscious, upon later reflection these personal interactions tend to play a role in informing my work. 

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        Images of what I would like to paint come to me over time. I act these images out before a camera and insert imagery by hand to further communicate an idea. Observing nature informs my additions to the portrait.

        Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?

        Conceptual and installation art fascinates me. South African Artists that inspire me are Diane Victor, Hanien Conradie and the late Judith Mason. 

        How is your work relevant in a South African context? And globally?
        My work communicates ideas that are more emotionally or philosophically motivated, these ideas are quite relatable.

        What do you think South African artists can contribute to the global art market?
        We are probably one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of our natural history and people. We have come together to form a unique nation. We have faced many challenges but also great successes. As a nation we are young and vibrant maybe still searching for a unified identity. This energy is definitely visible in the art being created at the moment.

        Do you have any plans for the coming year? 
        For the coming year I plan to keep working and painting.  
  • Feather Study - Painting by Nadine Hansen NADINE HANSEN
    Feather Study
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • Two Things Found - Painting by Nadine Hansen NADINE HANSEN
    Two Things Found
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • If I Had Wings - Painting by Nadine Hansen NADINE HANSEN
    If I Had Wings
    Painting / 60 x 80 cm
    $1 100
  • Indigenous: She Is From Here - Painting by Nadine Hansen NADINE HANSEN
    Indigenous: She Is From Here
    Painting / 50 x 60 cm
  • Homing Instincts - Painting by Nadine Hansen NADINE HANSEN
    Homing Instincts
    Painting / 60 x 80 cm
    $1 100
  • A Bird Weaves It's Nest - Painting by Nadine Hansen
    A Bird Weaves It's Nest
    Painting / 25 x 25 cm