Emily Hana

Emily Hana explores the concept of light as a three-dimensional material.
The geometric artist documents how we transform the old into new through painting.
Emily has exhibited in London and the Netherlands.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1990, London-based multimedia artist Emily Hana explores the concept of light as a three-dimensional material. Her practice observes how light can change our perception and interaction with a space. The artist is concerned with angular tessellations, geometric shapes, shadows and exposure - visually explored in many of her works - and how these elements integrate to alter our reception of space and time.

Emily Hana’s Early Career and Art Series

Emily graduated from Cofa, Sydney, Australia, with a BA in Art Education in 2013, majoring in Drawing and Painting and minoring in Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Photography. In her most recent series, her paintings focus on the gentrification of warehouses and creative districts in London. The artist documents how we transform things we see as dirty or dilapidated into objects of desire, renewed and refined, barely recognisable from the original. To advance this concept, Emily takes discarded materials from gentrified areas and breathes new life into them. She turns trash left out to rot into something of beauty and value. Their original form is not lost, however. Upon deeper inspection, the imperfect and flawed nature of the original articles emerge. Her works act as a palimpsest of the past. Although gifted a new facade or fresh sheen, memories of the underground and urban spirit still shine through.

Exhibitions and Residencies

Emily works in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and installation, promising a multifaceted and unpredictable oeuvre. Emily is currently a resident at Hackney Wick Underground, London. She has had previous residencies in Amsterdam and exhibited widely across London and the Netherlands.

Selected Works

Spatial Navigation by Emily Hana

Spatial Navigation

Paintings - 94x104 cm
Room by Emily Hana


Paintings - 74x49 cm
Changes by Emily Hana


Paintings - 100x90 cm
Looking Glass by Emily Hana

Looking Glass

Paintings - 123x84 cm
Redtenbacher by Emily Hana


Paintings - 43x47 cm
Shifting by Emily Hana


Paintings - 34x29 cm
Relief 1 by Emily Hana

Relief 1

Paintings - 21x21 cm
Relief 2 by Emily Hana

Relief 2

Paintings - 21x18 cm

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