Hansen introduces a new series of paintings of cityscapes and unlikely interlopers – crows and ravens—as viewed from the artist’s Manhattan studio on a high floor of a downtown building.
Hansen’s paintings describe the psychological ramifications of the distance between her aerie-like studio and the muffled street bustle below. Her work speaks to the close relationship between freedom and the lonely and eerie sense of isolation that is frequently inherent and critical to the artist’s creative process.
While she is currently exploring a more interpretive, rather than exacting and precise, approach to painting, Hansen’s historic practice as a painterly realist resonates throughout her work in this series. Hansen’s paintings have been described by art critic Kenneth Baker as “pure essays in concentration” and in this body of work Hansen exercises keen observation yet fluid reign over her subject matter.
The mysterious presence of crows and ravens, birds rarely observed on New York City window ledges, hints at the subconscious workings of the artist. The solemnity, intelligence and a hint of the occult that crows and ravens have longevoked in literary narrative parallels Hansen’s visual narrative as it relates to every aspect of the creative process.
Also included in the exhibition are smaller studies of crows and ravens, and one self-portrait of the artist with a raven. Patricia Hansen has worked successfully and professionally as an artist for over thirty years. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the United States and in Europe. She has participated in a multitude of residency programs and her work is featured in many important public and private collections.