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Hannah Tilson

Personal Patterns
15–27 August 2022

Hannah Tilson, Pattern Portrait Leaning In
Hannah Tilson, Pattern Portrait Leaning In, 2020, 97 x 69 cm, watercolour ink on watercolour paper

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Etching (including aquatint, sugar lift and chine colle), mono-print, lino, drawing, collage.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language

What to bring
Materials and images/drawings to work from, sketchbook, preferred drawing utensils, a personal pattern (see more info in the class description), camera to document process/work (if available, you can use your phone camera too), working clothes

You must be willing to work in a group situation and be ready to experiment with your printmaking!

Maximum number of participants

Teaching assistant
Otis Blease

Participation fee
€ 640.– (reduced € 480.–)

We will start the course by looking and drawing from Japanese woodblocks, paying special attention to their rhythmic geometric compositions and the flowing patterned kimonos and forms within the prints. In doing this, we will be thinking about how these works influenced artists like Félix Vallotton and Van Gogh, and how, in the present day, artists such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Jessie Makinson have used patterns in their work to fully encompass the body and reflect culture.

As a student, you are asked to bring a drawing or a pattern that means something to you personally. It could be a pattern or print from the culture you grew up in or in which you find yourself now. Or it could just be a pattern that you like or that represents how you feel. It might well be that you discover this pattern during your time with us.

We will be working in a hands-on, energetic team environment, with regular group discussions as well as one-on-one learning. Through an experimental approach to printmaking, with the added elements of drawing and collage, we will learn new techniques while exploring the figure and its relationship to pattern.

Hannah Tilson (born in 1995) lives and works in London. She graduated BA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018, studied on exchange at the New York Studio School and graduated from a postgraduate scholarship course at the Royal Drawing School in 2021. Tilson was artist in residence at Palazzo Monti in September 2022 and long-listed for the Ruth Borchard Self‑Portrait Prize in 2021. Tilson works in a variety of media: painting, mixing raw pigments and binder, drawing, printmaking and embroidering. Building up layers of translucent and opaque colours, concealing and revealing parts of the image, Tilson camouflages herself in vibrating and fragmented spaces filled with patterns. She views her body and the fabrics encompassing her as a landscape/pattern of rhythmic and geometric forms. The figure disappears and reappears, sometimes being completely swallowed up by the fabrics and other times; a hand or a shoe surfaces, taking the viewer closer to their own reality. The ambiguous shapes become a changeable part of this layered world, allowing the viewer to question what they see. In this fast-moving, turbulent space, abstracted through the pattern lens, something seems familiar, yet abstract…Everything is not as it seems.

Solo Exhibitions
2021 Swoosh, Well Projects, Margate (UK). 2017 Tongue and Chic, Peckham Pelican, London. 2016 Hannah Tilson Final Exhibit, NYSS, New York, NY (US).

Group Exhibitions
2023 Phantom Brush, A plus A, Venice. Cure3,Bonhams, London. London Art Fair, Advanced Graphics stand, London. 2022 London Art Fair, Advanced Graphics booth, London. DREAM BABY DREAM, Paint talk at Fitzrovia gallery, London. 2021 Best of the Drawing Year, Christies, London. Small is Beautiful XXXIX, Flowers Gallery Cork Street, London. Salvaje Y Dulce, Badr El Jundi Gallery, Marbella (ES). Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Artsy. The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London. The Drawing Room, Berntson Bhattacharjee, London. Pacific Breeze II, White Conduit Projects, London. ArtUk Auction, Online. Original Paper Works, Online. 2020 Cure3, Bonhams, London. London Art Fair, Advanced Graphics both, London. 2019 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Guts Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Guts Gallery, London. Voi rubate del tempo alla fretta a noi il mare ci impone lentezza, Castro Projects, Rome. 18/11/1, PMQ, Hong Kong. 2018 Paper Cuts, The Saatchi Gallery, London. The Lotus Eaters, Aindrea Contemporary, London. BA Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London. Hot Milk, Post Institute, London. The Pink Panther Show, Gallery 46, London. 2017 From Cornucopia, Center for Recent Drawing, London. 2016 Art is the Highest Form of Hope, NYSS, New York. Topless Palaces, NYSS, New York. Legumes, 4 Malden Road, London.

Inside the Artist’s Studio, Art on a Postcard, 2022
Architectural Digest Spain, December, 2022
"5 Minutes with Hannah Tilson”, in: Elephant Magazine, Emily Steer, 25 Oct. 2021
“It’s a date: Hannah Tilson”, in: Contemporanea, Alberta Romano, Issue 04/05/06/ 2021
“The Art of Drawing featuring Hannah Tilson”, in: Berntson Bhattacharjee, January Spotlight, 2021
“Minnie Kemp asks: why do we collect things?”, in: Living etc. Magazine, Minnie Kemp, Issue 11/2020
“Isolation Interview with Hannah Tilson”, in: Seam Agency, 2 Sep. 2020

Education / Teaching experience
2022Personal Patterns’ course at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
2021–present Tutor for the Young Artists program, Royal Drawing School, London
2019–21 Royal Drawing School, London, Postgraduate
2021 Drawing at home - pattern still life, Printmaking at home - tetra pak, online workshops for ‘Energy Systems’, Well Projects
2014–18 Slade School of Fine Art, London, Bachelor’s in Fine Art
2016 New York Studio School, New York, exchange program
2013–14 Central Saint Martins, London, Foundation Diploma

Hannah wearing hand lino printed suit, portrait: Cedric Bardawil
Hannah wearing hand lino printed suit, portrait: Cedric Bardawil