Hannah Battershell’s work is detailed and humourous. Layers of tiny slivers of Japanese paper form intricate, eerie landscapes; old tobacco tins house diorama-like scenes; the holes of a button become ghostly eyes staring out of a tiny portrait.
Drawing inspiration from literature, her dreams, medieval paintings, Victorian children's book illustrations and many other sources, Hannah's playfully dark tone, blends the surreal and the melancholy, tempered by gothic humour. A half-remembered quotation, a sentence in a book or an overheard anecdote, might also spark ideas resulting in an artwork.
Hannah Battershell exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Show 2011, 2013 and 2014 and The National Open Art competition exhibition at the RCA in 2015. Her painting 'Crocodilian' was selected to appear in 'Images 36', the Association of Illustrators' Best of New British Illustration publication.
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