Heidi Hahn (b. 1982, lives and works in Brooklyn) brings a thoughtful and refreshing perspective to the medium of painting. Often engaging with the female body, the artist's layered, parafin infused images utilize a consistent cast of characters. The artist’s sumptuous application of paint and seductive layered surfaces draw the viewer into a psychologically intense narrative, in conversation with this tradition, which unfolds across the paintings presented. The works engage the psychological realm of attachment to the female body and how that’s processed through both a traditional and a contemporary reading, as the many reclining, sitting or lounging female figures relate distantly to any number of female portraits (often reclining female nudes) painted throughout history.
Solo exhibitions include The Future is Elsewhere (If it Breaks Your Heart) at Jack Hanley Gallery, Bent Idle at Jack Hanley Gallery and Shadows from Other Places at Premier Regard, Paris. The artist has also participated in several group exhibitions, including Engender at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Part Deaux, at Jack Hanley Gallery, The Edge of Doom at H I L D E, Los Angeles, Human Condition at John Wolf, Los Angeles, American Optimism at Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, Fathoms at Radical Abacus, Sante Fe, On Painting at Kent Fine Art, New York, Friend of the Devil at Jack Hanley Gallery, Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery, A Thing of Beauty at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington and New Paintings By at Jack Hanley Gallery. Hahn received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Cooper Union in 2006, and her Master's degree from Yale University in 2014. Hahn has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Headlands Center for the Arts, among others.