HANA LOUISE SHAHNAVAZ by PYGMALION FINE ART 

(Winner of The Ciclitira Prize 2017)


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Hana Louise Shahnavaz is a British-Iranian painter based in London; known for her vibrant large-scale miniature paintings that are characterised by an abundance of exquisite detail. Her colourful palette of pigments is made from semi-precious stones, plants and earth as well as 24ct gold, giving her work a jewel-like quality. Hana’s work is a celebration of the natural world and, being inspired by Persian art and literature, opens portals into classical and folk traditions, which are imbued with poetry and esoteric teachings. These are then brought to life by Hana in mesmerising and engaging works that charm the viewer and invite them into the profound ancient stories they tell.

“In working with the Earth there is always an element of suspense and excitement about what will emerge, resulting in a wilder, more interesting and organic painting. Using pigments that are found throughout the world, connects me to the Earth and reminds me I am part of the Whole, whilst showing me how abundant and loving the natural world is. When I paint with these pigments I see stories, journeys and life in the paint. The stories of the Earth feed into the painting and it all becomes one organic world dialogue.

My use of detail is a celebration of everything, no matter how small. Now more than ever is the time to enjoy and revive the feeling of sacredness being present in all things; to become reconnected to the Source. Hopefully my paintings can help facilitate a sense of re-connecting with Nature, and in turn our Selves, so we can further work towards building a sense of togetherness."

Artist’s Work

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

The secret garden, 2018 
Handmade and hand-ground pigments, foraged natural pigments, 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  160 x 136 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Lovers in the garden, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper 100 x 77 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Shabdiz, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  50 x 53 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Horses in the malachite fields,  2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Union, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper 63 x 49cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Map of Hormoz, 2017
Earth on handmade hemp paper  100 x 77 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Flower & birds 1, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  95 x 70 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Galloping into the golden skies, 2018 
Handmade and hand-ground pigments, foraged natural pigments, 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  23 x 30 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Malachite border, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  39 x 39 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Lapis lazuli flower, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  38 x 24 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Shirin, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper  41.5 x 26 cm

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Khosrow, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper 

Hana Louise Shahnavaz

Flowers & birds 2, 2017
Natural pigments and 24ct gold on handmade hemp paper 97 x 70 cm

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