Artists Cecile van Hanja

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Sea View, acrylic and oil on canvas, 140 x 80cm


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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.

“I want to emphasize the immaterial aspect of a building by creating open spaces.  In my paintings the images of modern architecture are based on a rhythmical pattern of verticals and horizontals in which an multi coloured labyrinth of spaces and look-throughs is created.


Cecile van Hanja & Ben Guntenaar, SBK Amsterdam November 2017
Architectural Spaces/ Unexpected Colours, Rob de Vries Gallery, Haarlem April-June 2017
Peripheries, Lisa Norris Gallery, London February-March 2017
EXPO72 Alkmaar, NL 2016
“Beyond Chaos”, Galerie BMB Amsterdam 2015
Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort 2015
M2 Kunst, 37PK, Haarlem 2014
In Glorious Colour, Showdown Saatchi Art, Griffin Gallery, London 2014
Urban Landscape, Gallery Wegert and Sadocco 2013
Vanishing Point, ABC Architecture Centre, Haarlem 2011
Perspectives, Gallery BMB, Amsterdam 2010
Facades, ABC Architecture Center, Haarlem 2009