“My work has a minimalist expression to it and contains images of the coastal Nordic landscape in Norway and my perceptions of living here. It’s minimalist nature, rough edges and stormy weather, the people, the natural crispy colors and soft horizon have all great impact on me.”
Elin Hannah lives and works in the outer West coast district of Norway, where the sea meets the sky. The expansive surfaces of the artist’s paintings express in minimalist form, the convergence between the natural coastal landscape where she grew up, and also has returned – and life its self. Elin’s art is deeply rooted in her temperament, and her creative expression is directly connected to her emotional impressions. Where there are contrasts, balance and harmony is created – both in her life and on canvas. Although technique can be learned, genuine emotion must be experienced in order to be transferred into visual art. The character of her paintings is a result of who she fundamentally is.
In 2013, following a rigorous admission process, she became a jury-recommended member of NFUK, the Norwegian Association of Independent Artists. Elin’s motivation has always been the joy of expression and developing as an artist – nevertheless; this membership, which is awarded solely on artistic grounds, has provided further inspiration to reach her simple goals: to evoke, to inspire, and to complement. Elin’s works feature delicate, minimalistic forms painted with rough techniques. From absolute contrasts she draws a balance and equilibrium, producing thought-provoking harmonic landscapes. Stormy seas, meditative light on the horizon and dramatic, intense feelings convey, in an interplay with the title of the work, an atmosphere, a story or a journey of life. Her paintings often resemble an emotional approach.
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In May 2017 The World of Interiors Magazine wrote the following statement about her work in the Artistic Impressions section. “Elin Hannah is a Norwegian artist whose art is inspired by the contrasts in both nature and life. Based in Westcoast countryside, her large paintings are a marriage of contrasts, and her works are recognized as calming yet vibrant, minimalistic yet expressive and beautifully emotive.”
Review published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images courtesy of the artist