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Hano Dercksen Moncton, Canada

Artist Hano Dercksen paints nostalgic cityscapes and seascapes using his signature style of graphic realism. Hano grew up in a small town on the east coast of South Africa, where he says the idea of pursuing art for a living was considered truly absurd. At the age of 19, he boarded a plane and traveled the world. Hano lived in the United States and spent a decade in Brazil before settling in Canada. "The shimmering variety of how people live their lives, their ideas of what art is, and the idea that every life is a unique and vibrant experience makes me bleed paint," says Hano. "The world is a big place and I have to draw it all." Today, he works as a carpenter, building and repairing structures, which provides an important source of inspiration for his paintings of daily life. Hano takes lots of reference photos of architecture and industrial equipment he sees on job sites, later studying and sketching the images in his home studio. From there, he slowly builds up layers of transparent paint, while "fighting the never ending battle to keep the art clean and smudge free."

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    About The Artist

    Artist Hano Dercksen paints nostalgic cityscapes and seascapes using his signature style of graphic realism. Hano grew up in a small town on the east coast of South Africa, where he says the idea of pursuing art for a living was considered truly absurd. At the age of 19, he boarded a plane and traveled the world. Hano lived in the United States and spent a decade in Brazil before settling in Canada. "The shimmering variety of how people live their lives, their ideas of what art is, and the idea that every life is a unique and vibrant experience makes me bleed paint," says Hano. "The world is a big place and I have to draw it all." Today, he works as a carpenter, building and repairing structures, which provides an important source of inspiration for his paintings of daily life. Hano takes lots of reference photos of architecture and industrial equipment he sees on job sites, later studying and sketching the images in his home studio. From there, he slowly builds up layers of transparent paint, while "fighting the never ending battle to keep the art clean and smudge free."

    Artist Statement

    My style was heavily influenced by the comics I read as a child, specifically Asterix and Tintin. I use a wide range of materials, including watercolor, gouache and acrylic paints, as well as ink, usually on paper. I like the bleeding effect and how the colors soak into the paper.

    I find subject matter in the day to day mundane. I like anything functional or hand crafted. I am a carpenter by trade, so whenever I paint anything, I'm always thinking of the underlying structure of my subject, how it was built, and for what purpose. I usually take initial inspiration from real life observation, and then think through the subject, rebuilding it in my mind as I would have, adding and subtracting as I see fit.

    I think the point of my work is to present the aesthetic value of things through a playful lens, and thus, hopefully, letting people's minds wander more freely around the piece.

    I have always been an artist. I don't remember ever not drawing or painting. But it has taken me a while to find my current style, one which I feel fits me like an old comfy boot.

    I would one day like to be just successful enough of an artist to live comfortably and run a studio which I can go hide in as long as I need to, but not so successful and famous that I'm forced to be on Ellen or something.

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