• Philip Hanson
    I'm nobody! Who are you? (Dickinson)
    2014
    oil on canvas
    60 x 48 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    He who binds to himself a joy (Blake)
    2014
    oil on canvas
    50 x 42 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    There's a certain slant of light (Dickinson)
    2013-2014
    oil on canvas
    42 x 36 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    I reckon when I count at all (Dickinson)
    2014
    oil on canvas
    60 x 48 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    There's a certain slant of light (Dickinson)
    2013-2014
    oil on canvas
    49 x 42 1/4 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes (Shakespeare)
    2012-2014
    oil on canvas
    72 x 60 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    After great pain (Dickinson)
    2011-2014
    oil on canvas
    50 x 46 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    There's a certain slant of light (Dickinson)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    72 x 60 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    The soul selects her own society (Dickinson)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    46 x 36 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    After great pain (Dickinson)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    30 x 20 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    After great pain (Dickinson)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    33 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    A Divine Image: Turquoise Beads (Blake)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    28 x 28 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    A Divine Image: Seraphim (Blake)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    28 x 28 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    A Divine Image: Pink Light (Blake)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    28 x 28 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Perfection
    2013
    oil on canvas
    16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Sonnet 18 (Shakespeare)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    50 x 40 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Faith in their Alabaster Chamber (Dickinson)
    2012
    oil on canvas
    64 x 45 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Oval 1
    2012
    oil on canvas
    34 x 24 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Oval 2
    2012
    oil on canvas
    34 x 24 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (Dickinson)
    2011
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    He whose beauty is past change (St. Thomas Aquinas)
    2011
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    The World is Charged With the Glory of God (Hopkins)
    2010
    oil on canvas
    30 x 30 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Wild Nights - Wild Nights! (Dickinson)
    2010
    oil on canvas
    60 x 60 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Wild Nights - Wild Nights! (Dickinson)
    2010
    oil on canvas
    53 x 47 1/2 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    I Like a Look of Agony (Dickinson)
    2010
    oil on canvas
    62 3/4 x 50 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    On a Columnar Self (Dickinson)
    2010
    oil on canvas
    48 x 24 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Energized Fade
    2010
    oil on canvas
    20 x 10 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Leaf Gate
    2009
    oil on canvas
    30 x 20 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    When in Disgrace (Shakespeare)
    2009
    oil on canvas
    30 x 20 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Baroque Stage Set
    2009
    oil on canvas
    20 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Baroque Cave
    2009
    oil on canvas
    24 x 24 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Cosmic Gyre
    2009
    oil on canvas
    33 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Tell All the Truth (Dickinson)
    2008
    acrylic gouache and pencil on heavy paper
    12 x 10 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    My Life Closed Twice (Dickinson)
    2007
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Tell All the Truth (Dickinson)
    2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    The Bustle in the House (Dickinson)
    2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Lush Lust
    2007
    oil on canvas
    16 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    So Be It
    2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 14 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Rainbow in The Sky (Wordsworth)
    2007
    oil on canvas
    16 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Listless Lust
    2007
    oil on canvas
    16 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Organ Music I
    2007
    oil on canvas
    10 x 9 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Organ Music II
    2007
    oil on canvas
    14 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Rose
    2007
    oil on canvas
    16 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Blue Swallows
    2007
    oil on canvas
    16 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    This is Just to Say (Williams)
    2007
    oil on canvas
    16 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Forest Opening
    2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Ascending
    2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Lily
    2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Organ Music II
    2007
    oil on canvas
    14 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Red Torso
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Framed Niche
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Valentine to the Baroque Ceiling
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    The Heart Asks (Dickinson)
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Diamond Frame
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    20 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Cartouche
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Leaf Orbits
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Poem without Words: Oval
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    The Heart Asks (Dickinson)
    2006-2007
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Radiant Torso
    2006
    oil on canvas
    16 x 14 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Shell Secretion
    1992
    oil on canvas with artist's painted frame
    18 x 12 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Chambers of the Shell
    1977
    acrylic on canvas
    84 x 66 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Shadow Series: Emerging Lady
    1968
    oil on canvas
    12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Lady Unveiling
    1968
    oil on canvas with painted frame
    16 5/8 x 16 5/8 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Camera Lady
    1968
    oil on canvas with painted frame
    13 1/2 x 16 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Concealing Fan
    1968
    oil on canvas with painted frame
    13 x 12 1/2 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Shadow Series: Undefined Person
    1968
    oil on canvas
    12 x 14 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Shadow Series: Undefined Person
    1968
    oil on canvas
    12 x 14 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Shadow Series: Double Portrait
    1968
    oil on canvas
    12 x 14 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Shadow Series: Revealing Shadow
    1968
    oil on canvas
    12 x 14 inches


BIO

b. 1943

Lives and works in Chicago.

One of the original Imagist artists, Philip Hanson has been a signal Chicago painter since he first came on the scene in the late ’60s. In 1968, in the spirit of the “Hairy Who” exhibitions of the preceding two years, the Hyde Park Art Center mounted a show by a group calling itself “The False Image,” which included Roger Brown, Eleanor Dube, Christina Ramberg and Hanson. Hanson had started painting in college, though he didn’t focus on art until after he received a BA at University of Chicago and spent a year studying architecture at UIC. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (where Hanson got his BFA in 1969 and has taught since 1973), Hanson was influenced – like most of the young Imagists – by painter Ray Yoshida, whose interest in popular visual culture (cartoons, especially) and folk art was wildly inspirational.

Hanson’s paintings are often vibrantly colored and intricately patterned. Where his contemporaries have tended towards forthrightly sarcastic or slapstick imagery, Hanson’s visual world tends to be oblique, subtle, multilayered, and sometimes romantic. His early works included a series of candy boxes, decorated with plastic flowers and bearing terse epigrams like “Eternal Passion,” “Dear” and “Dreamy,” as well as investigations of unusually decorated marginal architectural spaces (entranceways, mezzanines), elaborately detailed flowers, and billowing and translucent women’s clothes (including his important “Dappled Pleasure Dress” pieces). Primarily a painter, in the early years he also made etchings, mezzotints and aquatints, hand-coloring the finished prints. During the early ’70s, Hanson created a series of shell-, leaf-, and flower-shaped cloth constructions, built of sewn bits of canvas that were then painted. In subsequent years, Hanson has turned to men’s garments (jackets and codpieces) in his paintings, while another series explored the transformation of one object into another (a bridge into a flower or a conch into a tent, for instance). Over the last decade he has amassed an incredible body of paintings that integrate text, most often poetry, in a union with image that Hanson thinks of as being operatic.

Hanson’s work was featured in a solo retrospective at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield (1985). His recent work was shown at 1926 Exhibition Studies Space (2003). He has been included in group shows at MCA (1969 and 1972); the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (1969); the Sao Paulo Biennale (1973); the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center (1977); Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park (2012); Karma International, Zurich (2013); and the Whitney Biennial (2014), among many others. His work is in the permanent collections of the MCA, AIC, the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, and the Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna.