Seamus Hanna Following a Fine Art degree and working as an assistant Town Artist in a new town in Scotland, I trained in the conservation of sculpture and monuments. This led to a successful career in a related discipline, which latterly included developing training and qualifications in traditional building skills and specialist construction disciplines. Throughout this time, I continued to draw and create small-scale art works as and when time allowed.
My work is abstract in nature and largely minimalist in execution, often using linear constructed elements to explore the interplay of form, space, volume, tension and balance. Different materials and fabrication techniques are used and colour is added to highlight individual elements and provide visual contrast. Pieces are constructed, rather than carved from a mass, with the defined spaces between components equally as important as the individual and collective elements.
My ideas develop from drawings and other 2-D media, but my working processes respond directly to the chosen materials in hand. Whilst following a conceived plan, the end results are often influenced and altered by the means of making and any necessary technical solutions. New forms and relationships are often discovered as part of the creative process. Making and manipulating materials therefore articulates and conceptualises the development of the original ideas.
My work reflects an interest in landscape, natural and man-made structures, Celtic cultural reference points, individual memories of time and places and the relationship between materials and processes.