Hannah Adamaszek Q&A

Posted in In the Studio by Rise Art on 18th November 2015

Hannah Adamaszek injects new talent and energy in to the street art scene with her female portraits that bring a painterly style often found in contemporary art to the street art scene. Through her use of different mediums and painting techniques she builds up multiple layers within the works which result in portraits that are both delicate and subtle yet full of energy and life. 
 
Keep reading to see how she came to be a street artist and who her favourite artists are...
 
Tell us about a little about your artistic background?
I started painting from as far back as I can remember. I was always encouraged to be creative when I was growing up and went on to do a degree in Fine Art in Bournemouth. People have always been my main focus in all media, I feel like I have always had this style from when I started painting, but have developed and refined it over the years. I find that when I paint from my heart I leave a part of me on the canvas. I had my first solo show 3 years ago in London at Curious Duke Gallery and have gone on to exhibit across the globe.
 

photo credit: Liam Keown 

 
Did you always want to become an artist?
After finishing my degree I fell out of love with art. I took myself travelling, working ski seasons in Austria, Switzerland and Australia. It was when I got back from my travels that I had a great urge to paint again. The more I painted the more I wanted to pursue this as my career, and ended up leaving my day job and becoming a full time Artist 3 years ago.
 

photo credit: Liam Keown 

 
When did you start experimenting with Urban Art?
I started painting initially on canvas and was enjoying painting bigger and bigger. The only way for me to paint on a larger scale than I already was, was to go outside, so this was how I ended up painting in the streets. The pieces outside I paint much quicker than on canvas, and I often try out new things which I then transfer to canvas.
 

photo credit: Liam Keown 

 
Tell us about the women you paint? Do you use a model?
I've always had a love for people. Before I started painting, I was always photographing people. I used to take my camera around London and work with Street Performers and the homeless to try and capture people. I took this love for people and their emotions to canvas not long after. I don't use a model but merge faces together as I draw to create a fictional muse. I have however painted portraits of people as commissions.
 

photo credit: Liam Keown 

 
Who are your favourite artists on Rise Art?
I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with two great artists on Rise Art, Kristin Gaudio Endsley and Benjamin McKay, artists with two different styles that continue to inspire me every day.
 

Incense by Benjamin McKay and Spring Fever by Kristin Gaudio-Endsley and Hannah Adamaszek