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35. Hannah Juliette Benassi


Estimate: £1,400 - 2,200

The Christmas Auction - Lot 35, Hannah Juliette Benassi, Untitled

Signed (on the reverse)
Oil bar and clay on oil paper
65 x 50 cm.
Created in February 2019

Ruins and rustic towns in Italy are the inspiration for this abstract work. 

Hannah Benassi uses organic material, clay, and the man-made art material, oil bar, to construct soft, raw layers of colour. Her materials reflect the man-made and organic structures of the towns she depicts.

The overall result is a beautifully fluid, hazy, textural surface. Hannah explains that her "painterly drawing consists of two layers where the rustic terracotta clay is revealed through the plastered use of oil bar."

Each work that Hannah makes is the starting point for the following work. So if she is working on a collage, she will use pieces from this to inform her next work. Hannah explains, "The repetitive process of deconstructing and reconstructing my content is significant to my practice as a whole. I create simplified forms that are used as tools for composing new abstracted compositions."


Foundation (Distinction), Edinburgh College, 2016. 
Fine Art (First BA Hons), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee 2019. 
Masters, Glasgow School of Art, 2020.

Awards: Winner of the Farquhar Reid Trust Prize, 2019. Nominated as a Saatchi Art Rising Star 2019. Selected for Saatchi Art's One to Watch.


The Christmas Auction - Lot 35, Hannah Juliette Benassi, Untitled

07 Dec Dec 07

Menier Gallery, London SE1 1RU