Hanne Ness

Hanne Ness began painting in the 1980s. In 1993, she presented her works to the public for the very first time. Since then, the artist held numerous solo and group exhibitions – first regionally, then nationally and also internationally, e.g. in Austria, France, Luxembourg, Italy and China. In 2009, she received the public prize "Kunst u. Frühling" in Bremen and 2012, the art prize "IMPULSE international", Osnabrück.

Hanne Ness about her work: "Painting, being creative, is the main component in my life! I am fascinated by people outer appearance/physicality as well as their psyche/inner world! How much of a person's personality is perceived by another person at first glance? And how much of one's 'own' is overlaid, concealed, consciously or unconsciously made invisible by skilfully staged clothing, posture or gestures? How great can the deception in the different, very individual perceptions of a person be? A virtually inexhaustible and exciting topic! I try to translate my impressions consciously and unconsciously into paintings. I prefer to leave out any titling in my works."

Claudia Bongers, art historian: "The focus is on women who are open and unapproachable, familiar and strangely alien. They radiate an unreal elegance, flair and fashionable chic. But they are by no means illustrations or portraits in the conventional sense, but rather symbolic images. To us, the viewers, the paintings seem to be from another world because they do not correspond to our standards and everyday life. Nevertheless, they are special personalities, marked with expression, temperament and spirit. Hanne Ness has created a fascinating body of work that is unparalleled in its richness of imagination and variety. In her works of art, she explores possibilities of expression in many different ways and shapes our view of art with her creative visual language. She uses her creativity to process experiences in different ways and, thus, her distinctive style becomes a fantastic game in which her life is reflected in (women's) figures and a world of her own and becomes tangible for viewers."