Based in east London, Alex Hanna is currently working on a project which involves arrangements of disposable packaging and objects of little or no material value. In his studio in Hackney, these objects are often arranged in a traditional still life format and painted using process based and traditional painting techniques. Other projects involve building and subsequent use of Camera Obscura as a compositional and visual perception tool and a series of portrait paintings employing digital media combined with traditional painting and compositional elements.
Hanna was born in Birkenhead in 1964 and studied Fine Art at Sunderland Polytechnic (1983-86) and PGCE art and design at Liverpool Polytechnic (1987-88). Whilst based in the northeast he exhibited with Newcastle Artists group (exhibited at Newcastle fringe and Hatton Gallery) and worked at St Nicholas Hospital with a team of artists. He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, Marmite Prize and Salon Art Prize.