This densely layered work features a young woman preening in a revealing, sleeveless slip. Her cheek rests on one of her raised shoulders and her eyes gaze outward—perhaps at the viewer. Subtle details in the woman’s appearance allude to an offbeat glamour that feels outside of conventional pin-up allure, and more intrinsic to the playful rebellion of alternative fashion.
Blending colored pencil, marker, gouache and other media, Hannah Taurins' vividly textural work challenges notions of beauty and seduction. The artist's compositions focus the viewer's gaze on alluring yet aloof female figures who toe the line between subject and object. Drawing from the likes of models, spies and performers, Taurins' work features women—both real and imagined—who have mastered the art of being seen. Each figure folds, fills or flexes their way into the artist's tight compositions, exacting their wills on the viewer's conventions of desire.
Hannah Taurins’s hybrid painting-drawing practice challenges notions of beauty and seduction. The artist uses colored pencil, marker, gouache and other media to create tight compositions that focus on alluring yet aloof female figures who toe the line between subject and objecthood. Taurins casts her subjects, both real and imagined, from the likes of models, spies and performers in various arenas—women who master the art of being seen.
Hannah Taurins was born in 1997. The artist received a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York in 2021.
Taurins’ debut solo exhibition, Cover Girl, took place at Theta in New York City in 2022.
Group exhibitions that have shown Taurins’ work include: a somewhat thin line at in lieu in Los Angeles, California (2022); Small Paintings at Venus Over Manhattan in New York City (2022); and Trivial Pursuit at Entrance in New York City (2022).
Taurins lives and works in New York City.