Hana Louise Shahnavaz is a British-Iranian painter based in London, UK. Best known for her vibrant large-scale paintings that are characterised by an abundance of exquisite detail, her work explores the connection of the individual to the Whole. Inspired by Persian miniature painting, her intricately painted scenes of nature aim to honour Mother Earth as well as our precious connection to her. The signature horse prevalent throughout Hana's work symbolises a unity between Earth and Spirit, humanity and nature, between rooted peace and ecstatic wildness - feet on the ground, head in the sky; through loving and connecting deeply with the earth, individuals can start to tap into the universal consciousness and then begin to navigate their way back to 'Oneness'.
Hana's work is a celebration of the natural world; her colourful palette of pigments are handmade from semi-precious stones, plants, earth and modern pigments, giving her work a jewel-like quality. The artist also enjoys making paint from some exceptionally rare, natural pigments foraged from around the world, adding to the raw energy within the paintings whilst also making them even more unique. Gold leaf is used extensively, providing a platform for shining light; her use of diamond dust, however, brings new interaction between light and colour. The artist enjoys the experimental nature of contemporary art and continues to create new work bound by no rules, instead allowing the heart and hand to lead the way.
Passionate about humanity re-connecting, the artist is inspired by classical and folk stories from around the world to express teachings of universal love. Being particularly inspired by Persian art and literature, her work opens portals into an Iranian storytelling culture deeply imbued with esoteric teachings. The fantastical landscapes evoke a sense of wonder and magic whilst honouring all that is beautiful.
Hana's journey into art began in 2005 during her bachelor's degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, UK. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Persian and Study of Religions, she moved to Iran to study Persian painting under the tutelage of master painter Safoura Asadian. She then continued her studies back in London at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, specialising in pigment/paint making and Persian miniature, whilst becoming an Albukhary Foundation scholar. Graduating with a distinction in her Master of Traditional Arts (2017) degree, she was awarded the Ciclitira Prize for outstanding work in her degree show, presented by HRH Prince Charles. Following on from a succession of sell-out exhibitions Hana's work has been acquired by numerous private collectors worldwide, in addition to the 'Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia' where it has become part of the museum's permanent collection.