Holy Mahogany

Hannah Ustun

Holy Mahogany

I seek to continually engage with and challenge contemporary directions in painting. I currently create abstract compositions in which structural forms combine with bold, gestural mark-making. Unapologetically painterly, my work is intended to imbue a testament; a commitment to painting as a progressive language that demands our engagement, hinged on mutual curiosities.
I use the restrictions of experimenting within the frame, focusing on the continual dualities that I can create through variables such as colour, composition, form and texture. Methodical and gestural, they exude a calculated self-awareness, testing the line between painterly craft and carelessness, leaving a mark that is as much an index of the tools used as it is an expression of the hand done. Accordingly, the immediacy of painting and these subversive juxtapositions allow my works to delve confidently into abstraction, playfully joining traditional of media with elements of contemporaneity.
A world of beauty; Much of my work is referenced by both natural and manmade forms. Relatable to our age, the ‘drag ‘n’ drop era’, there remains something elusive about these works. Layered and peeled back, creating chance occurrences, the residual marks on the surface speak to our obsession with everyday technology, but also to the painterly, unapologetic mark.

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VisualThe John Byrne Award