Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Cole Dahar.
Hannah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
With a young child in the house it became difficult to paint. My son would climb onto my lap and zoom his toys through the dining room table where I set up a make shift studio. It became clear that he, his toys were telling a new story and this was a story to share.
“The Balancing Act” series is the story of how a child change everything. Life becomes chaotic, surreal, frustrating and at the same time beautiful and magical and hysterically funny. With great negotiation, bribery and other assorted tactics I “borrow” my son’s toys and combine them with objects around the house. Negotiations break down and progress halts as the toy in the painting becomes the most desirable in the house.
Still life reconstruction is needed. Perspective is thrown off. More bribery and negotiation are needed.
The story of each painting unfold with the day to day must do’s and want to do’s. Each piece tells its own little tale with highly symbolic juxtapositions of objects and scale. They are all 12”X12” oil on panel representative of the limited and therefore preciousness of space and time and energy in a typical/atypical day.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My paintings are surrealist allegories based on daydreams and play. The inspiration sometimes comes from a particular object and sometimes a phrase to give an example I was explaining the concept of horsepower to my 3-year-old son and imagined what horsepower might look like through his eyes, a giant horse being loaded with mini horses via an antique fire truck. People like to take their time with each piece to decipher the story. Because so many of the paintings are told through a child’s eyes and incorporate toys I hope to awaken the viewer’s sense of nostalgia and childlike wonder.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
There are so many incredible artists and pieces of artwork. Standing out from the crowd is more challenging than ever. Digital platforms are amazing and they have the potential to drive an exponential amount of traffic to an artist’s website compared to a traditional gallery. However, there is nothing like experiencing a piece of artwork in person. Details such as surface texture, subtle mark making and other fine points that are noticeable when one is in an intimate setting with the physical work.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is on display and can be purchased at the Copley Society in Boston and at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH. People are also welcome to contact me through Instagram and via my website coledahar.com
- Address: 150 Crestview Rd, Manchester, NH 03104
- Website: coledahar.com
- Phone: 6035578054
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: hannahcoledahar
Hannah Cole Dahar and Saheed Dahar