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“Painting has been a way for me to concretize powerful life experiences for which I have not found any other language. My large paintings, covered with paint, have been a way to create something physical from the invisible limitations I have encountered. My need to formulate this theme is based on having a very authoritarian upbringing that was filled with prohibitions. These bans became closed doors to experiences and thoughts to which I did not have access. As an adult, I have subsequently gone beyond these boundaries, which were both concrete and psychological, and thereby conquered the places behind the bans. In turn, this has awakened a strong interest in exceeding limits, particularly mental ones. This is the subject matter of the formal component of my painting work. By building structures within my paintings that I had not previously mastered, I step into formal spaces that are new to me”.- Hertha Hanson

Hertha Hanson (1980) lives and works in Karlstad, Sweden. She received her MFA from Malmö Art Academy. Her work has previously been shown at Moderna Museet Malmö, Kristinehamns konstmuseum, Malmö konstmuseum, Lunds Konsthall, Luleå Konsthall, Rackstadmuseet Arvika, Galleri Arnstedt Östra Karup, Rättviks konsthall etc.

Hanson has received numerous awards such as Eric and Inger Olson Ekdahl grant (2019), Axel Sjöberg grant (2018), Edstrand Foundation grant (2017), Kristinehamn Art Museum grant (2015), Friends of Lunds konsthall grant (2011),  Ellen Trotzig grant (2010), Fredrik Roos Artists Fund grant (2009), Malmö Konststudio grant (2008), Bror Hjorth drawing grant (2008), 

Hansons work is represented in public collections as Malmö Art Museum, Kristinehamn Art Museum, Gotland Museum, The City of Stockholm, Bror Hjorths House etcShe has workt with public commissions for Stockholm County Council and Region Värmland.

Born 1980 in Lund, Sweden
Lives and works in Karlstad, Sweden

Education
2004 – 2009 Master of Fine Art, Konsthögskolan i Malmö
2001 – 2003 Gerlesborgsskolan i Bohuslän
1999 – 2000 Nyckelviksskolan, Sweden

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2020 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup (Upcoming)
2019 Anna Bohman Gallery
2018 Rackstadmuseet, Arvika,
2018 Konstfrämjandet i Karlstad, Karlstad
2017 Vargåkra Konsthall, Hammenhög
2017 ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2015 Vargåkra konsthall, Hammenhög 
2015 Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn
2014 ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2012 ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2011 Kryptan i Lunds Domkyrka, Lund
2010 Galleri Lilith Waltenberg, Malmö
2009 Fredrik Roos stipendieutställning, KHM, Malmö
2008 Examensutställning, KHM, Malmö
2008 Bror Hjorts hus, Uppsala

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris (Upcoming)
2018 No. 60, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2017 Edstrandska stipendium, KHM, Malmö
2017 Works on Paper, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2017 Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris
2016 Painting Failures, Moderna Museet, Malmö
2016 Summer show, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2015 Group show, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2014 No 27, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2014 Vargåkra konsthall, Hammenhög
2014 Summer show, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2013 Vargåkra konsthall, Hammenhög 
2013 Summer show, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2012 Vargåkra konsthall, Hammenhög
2011 Luleå konsthall (kurerad av Galleri Syster)
2011 Vargåkra konsthall, Hammenhög
2011 Hallands konstförening, Halmstad
2010 Malmö Konstmuseum
2010 Lunds konsthall
2010 Bror Hjorths hus, Uppsala
2010 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup
2010 Etikett, Malmö
2009 Galleri Lilith Waltenberg, Malmö
2009 Galleri Thomassen, Göteborg 
2009 Rättviks konsthall

Represented
Malmö Konstmuseum 
Kristinehamns konstmuseum
Gotlands Museum
Stockholms Läns Landsting; SÖS
Stockholm Konst
Statens Konstråd
Värmlands Läns Landsting
Bror Hjorths Hus
Region Halland 
Region Skåne

Public Commissions
Art work, Patienthotellet, Södersjukhuset Hospital, Stockholm County Council
Skoghall Public Health Center, Region Värmland
Tekniska Nämndhuset, Stockholm Konst (sketch)

Grants
2019  Eric and Inger Olson Ekdahl grant
2018 Axel Sjöbergs Stipendium
2017 Edstrandska Stiftelsens Stipendium   
2015 Kristinehamns konstmuseums stipendium
2014 Konstnärsnämndens 2-åriga arbetsstipendium  
2012 Malmö Stads ateljéstipendium
2011 Konstnärsnämndens 1-åriga arbetsstipendium
2011 Lunds konsthalls vänners stipendium
2010 Ellen Trotzigs stipendium
2009 Fredrik Roos konstnärsfonds stipendium
2009 Malmö Stads ateljéstipendium
2008 Bror Hjorth föreningens teckningsstipendium
2008 Malmö Konststudio stipendium
2002 Gerlesborgsskolans utställningsstipendium

Art Fairs
2015 Market, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
2014 Affordable Art Fair, Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, Stockholm
2014 CHART, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Copenhagen
2010 Copenhagen Art Fair, Galleri Lilith Waltenberg, Danmark

Teaching
Abstract Painting, Gerlesborgs skolan I Bohuslän
Guest lecturer, Malmö Art Academy
Guest instructor, Österlen school for art and design
Mentor, Gröna Huset Studios, Karlstad