PrizeHonorable Mention in Painting
CompanyHannah Thomas Studio
ArtistHannah Thomas
CreditHannah Thomas

This work is from a series of paintings, ten in total, all dealing with chaos, indecision and the maelstrom of life. My attitude to process was simply to throw out any pre-conceived ideas or self-consciousness when working. I am driven by a desire to experiment and work with my instincts. There is an exhilarating descent into the atmosphere of these works, they become a kind of strange, moody terrain that has many layers. I have always been driven by music, and this series was emotionally shaped by the sweeping orchestral heaviness of Scandinavian metal bands.

Hannah Thomas is a semi-abstract painter, currently based in Wlltshire, UK. She attended the University of the West of England in Bristol, graduating with a BA in Art and Visual Culture in 2000. She then spent ten years working as a music photographer in London, transitioning to painting in 2017. Hannah's style is constantly evolving, playing with simple abstraction, surrealist and figurative elements. Her themes of the absurd, romantic and chaotic combined with issues of conflicting desires, pressures of ageing and the constraints placed on the individual by society fuel her work.