Hannah Tilson (born in 1995) lives and works in London. Tilson mixes her own paints using raw pigments and binder, building up layers of translucent and opaque colours, concealing and revealing layers of the image below. Tilson paints herself camouflaged in vibrating and fragmented spaces filled with patterns. She views her body and the fabrics encompassing her as a landscape/pattern-scape 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.
Tilson graduated with a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018, studied on exchange at the New York Studio School in 2016 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, shortlisted for the ACS studio prize 2023 and long-listed for the Ruth Borchard Self‑Portrait Prize in 2021.