Dorothy Hanna Artist
Fine Art Printmaker
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I am an Irish born artist and have a BA (hons) from Belfast College of Art. After many years working and living in London, I moved to Cornwall in 2003 and now live between the desolate beauty of the moors and the wild crags of the North Atlantic coast.  I have had numerous solo and mixed shows in London and elsewhere in the UK and as far afield as Vienna. I have also had my work selected for The Royal Academy Summer Show and other international open exhibitions and was a prize winner at the 2018 National Original Print Exhibition. Always a painter, I began printmaking around 2010 and it quickly became central to my artistic practice. I most often make monotypes which are individual, unique prints rather than part of an edition. I work in layers by applying the inks onto the printing plate before it goes through the press where the marks I’ve made are transferred to the paper. I do this again and again until I feel I have resolved the image I am working on. Sometimes I will include chine collé which is typically a handmade Japanese paper, torn or cut to the shape I want and added to the print during one of the pressings.  I usually prefer not to use detailed sketches or plans but rather allow the ideas I have to develop as I work and respond to the marks I make and the play between control and spontaneity. Sometimes the most exciting element is when the unexpected occurs during the printing process and I have to find ways to incorporate those developments into the work. Recently I have been exploring imagery linked to my love of ancient celtic artifacts and heritage. I am an elected member of both the 21 Group and the Plymouth Society of Artists.