Contact
+64 (0)27 5266 245
Christchurch, New Zealand
hello@hannahjensen.co.nz

Commissions are currently on hold until further notice

“Living to create and creating to live”

Bio

A multidisciplinary artist most well-known for her carved work, Hannah Jensen graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2004 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in printmaking, and transferred her skills to the painted medium in her postgraduate practice, developing a unique stylistic approach.

A powerhouse of creativity, with a passion for the great outdoors, her carved works are often inspired by her time spent in nature. Jensen intricately hand carves her images into layers of acrylic paint; a technique she created in 2003 at University. Jensen achieves her bespoke work by applying anywhere between 40-80 layers of acrylic paint to board before carving back through the layers, revealing the colours beneath. The results are detailed images rendered in negative relief that emphasises the texture and tonal variations between paint colours in a topographical manner. Amplifying the very nature she adores so much.

In 2004, Jensen was nominated for a Mazda Emerging Artist award; in 2009, she was a finalist in the World of Wearable Arts Competition; and in 2012 she was one of four artists selected to present site-specific installation work at the prestigious New Zealand Fashion Week. In 2014 she lived and created in Venice Beach, California for the ‘Kiwis in LA’ exhibition. She completed her dream show ‘WILD‘; eight impressive large-scale animal works exhibited at Allpress Studio in April 2018. And now has embarked on a new adventure in the South Island, carving from her beachside pad, a stones through away from ocean and mountains; her favourite place to be when she’s not carving. She is also currently dreaming up her next passion project; a 5-metre Whale carving and a 4-metre Rhino! Watch this space!

Jensen is actively involved in the community, she was a volunteer art teacher at Starship Hospital from 2010 – 2018 and now enjoys teaching her own carving workshops around the New Zealand. She continues to donate her works to multiple charity auctions. Jensen exhibits regularly in solo and group shows both throughout New Zealand and overseas, and produces commissioned work for local and international clients from her now Christchurch studio.

 

Profile images taken by the talented Petra Mingneau.

 

Exhibition History

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018 WILD – Allpress Gallery, AKL 
2017 WILD IN THE MAKING – endemicworld, AKL
2016 VIEW POINTendemicworld, AKL
2015 ARTIST AND THE WINEMAKER – Foxes Island, AKL
2015 PORTHOLES INTO NATURE – Allpress Gallery, AKL
2013 CURIOSITY CABINET – Allpress Gallery, AKL
2012 HERALDIK – Saatchi and Saatchi Gallery – AKL
2007 CARVING IT UP – Wine Country Gallery, HB
2006 GRAFF HEAD – Disrupt Gallery, AKL

 

Group Exhibitions

2020 SEEME SKATEBOARD ART PROJECT – CHCH
2019 CHCH POP UP – CHCH
2019 MADE IN NEW ZEALAND – London
2018 AUCKLAND GRAMMAR ART HOUSE TOUR – AKL

2018 100 ARTISTS – Allpress Gallery – AKL 
2017 WHAT I SEE – Grey, AKL 
2016 AUCKLAND GRAMMAR ART HOUSE TOUR – AKL
2016 VAUXHALL SCHOOL EXHIBITION – AKL
2015 TATTOOS AND TYPE – AKL
2015 KINGS COLLEGE ART FAIR – AKL
2015 BARADENE ART SHOW – AKL
2015 THE BIG EGG HUNT – NZ
2014 KIWIS IN LA – SANTA MONICA, LA
2014 WORLD WAR 100 – Uxbridge, AKL
2014 VAUXHALL SCHOOL EXHIBITION – AKL
2014 BARADENE ART SHOW – AKL
2014 AFFAIR OF THE HEART – AKL
2014 THE BIG EGG HUNT – NZ
2013 TARANAKI ART AWARD – Taranaki
2013 WAIHEKE ART AWARD – Waiheke
2013 PARKIN DRAWING AWARD – Wellington
2012 POP – PRINTS ON PAPER – AKL
2012 KOHIA TERRACE SCHOOL EXHIBITION – AKL
2011 CRACKER CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFER – CCHQ, AKL
2011 SPRING CLEAN – CCHQ, AKL
2011 KOHIA TERRACE SCHOOL EXHIBITION – AKL
2010 SIGNAL 8 – The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2010 SCRUTINY – Sanderson Gallery, Parnell
2010 EASTER RECOLLECTIONS – Uxbridge, AKL
2010 ALTER EGO – Wellington Fringe Festival
2010 ELEPHANT HILL ESTATE – Wine Country Gallery, HB
2009 WORLD OF WEARABLE ARTS – Finalist, Wellington
2008 BRADLEY GARLAND JENSEN – Wine Country Gallery, HB
2007 001 EXHIBITION – Sideroom.com Gallery, AKL
2007 PICTURE PERFECT – Sideroom.com Gallery, AKL
2005 ARTBEATZ ACTIVATE – Illicit HQ, AKL
2004 MAZDA EMERGING ARTIST – Hilton, AKL
2003 SUBLIMINAL VANDALISM 2# – AKL