Hannah Ludnow - Seascapes
Born in Cornwall in 1977, I grew up in a creative environment and painted from a very young age. I moved to London at 18 to study art at university where I studied a mixture of skills; painting, life drawing, ceramics, and print, geared towards commissions for contemporary spaces.
Since graduating I have focused on painting. The coastline of Cornwall is usually my starting point as it seems to be etched into my memory. The amazing light, the huge and ever changing skies and beautiful dramatic coastlines, I have always greatly admired the Cornish abstract expressionists Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson, whose work draws directly from experiences of a dramatic or calmness in nature and landscape. More recently I have found myself looking at the work of Turner with his amazing sense of light. I’m inspired by the patterns nature creates - the force of the elements against the landscape, and the art it creates by itself with erosion and decomposition against rock, sands, and man made objects.
My work is very rarely an actual place, instead I start with remembering a moment, and how that moment felt. I hope to build an atmosphere in a painting which draws you in and allows you to imagine yourself there, stood on a cliff, a beach or behind the dunes, exposed to the elements and the unpredictability of nature. I strive to capture a feel and a recollection of somewhere the viewer knows or remembers wherever in the world this may be. My paintings are primarily about the light and the feelings a place can evoke in the viewer, the emotions that a memory of a place and time can stir within. A memory of thoughts and feelings within a landscape, often a special and private moment, where the vastness and beauty of the landscape around you brings a sense of perspective, clarity and calm.