In Hannah van Bart’s online presentation, new paintings are shown alongside archived drawings, illustrating the reappearance of figures, gestures and formal motifs in works produced decades apart. van Bart’s practice is less traditional portraiture and more personification of moods or auras. “I think I always paint places to be—spaces that capture a feeling or memory and hold my stories,” she says. “What does feeling look like?” she has asked. Here she offers interpretations in lush oil paint and purposeful graphite by way of characters from memory and imagination.
Amsterdam-based van Bart has had six solo exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Her pieces may be found in the permanent collections of Teylers Museum, Haarlem; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover and RISD Museum, Providence.