Christopher Hanlon


  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Christopher Hanlon graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Fine Art Painting in 2002 before completing his MFA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2008. In the same year he was selected for the Bloomberg New contemporaries.

Chris is a lecturer in BA Fine art Painting course at Ulster University, where he has been a visiting lecturer between 2012 and 2018.

Chris has been represented by Domobaal Gallery in London since 2008 where he has presented five solo exhibitions. His work has been shown in numerous European galleries and art fairs, including in Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, as well as in the USA. In 2016, he was included in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition at the Walker Museum in Liverpool.

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Research Interests

Research interests broadly revolve around a belief in the transformative power of Painting to slow down normative modes of looking through the engendering of speculative thought. This is explored through working with found images as a way of not only reactivating them through the removal of their original contexts, but also through the inherent hierarchical complexities which exist between Fine Art and wider cultural categorisations, both formally and conceptually.

'There is no sense of separation in terms of treatment between the figurative or the abstract situations described. Hanlon's paintings of singular items that by dint of their framing appear ‘abstract’, or are of images of abstract designs and artworks, offer a different window onto the theme. At a distance, it’s hard to say exactly what it is we are looking at, a depiction or the ‘real’ thing, despite them being images of images. Close to, there is no space in which to manoeuvre around the compositional content to guess this, which makes us evermore aware of each one as a representational, but highly interpretive skin' Rebecca Geldard. 


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