Artists Cecile van Hanja

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Daybreak, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 110 x 150cm


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Cecile Van Hanja seeks a balance between outer city life and her private world. When working on a project she explores urban spaces through photography and architecture, and transforms those images into paintings, altering colour, light and atmosphere. One of the most striking characteristics of the paintings is their transparent, layered structure. Thin layers of acrylic paint allow the colours underneath to shine through. It is not until the third or fourth layer that oil paint is added. It is precisely because of the thin, transparent painting which leaves underlying layers of colours visible, that it does not become a static image of impenetrable walls. There is a painterly beauty formed by colour balance, rhythm and composition.