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Dex Hannon

Dex Hannon
Born in 1972 in Manchester, Dex Hannon is an abstract expressionist who moves effortlessly between mediums of acrylics, digital, sound, and photography.

Similarly to Mark Rothko and Gerhard Richter, Hannon uses music as a source of inspiration. His art transforms the memories and emotions evoked while listening to music into dynamic and expressive brushstrokes on canvas. Hannon’s paintings are sublime pictorial symphonies characterised by an intricate weaving of lines that capture an infinite string of emotions conveyed through a range of textures and bold colour palettes.
Alongside his traditional work, the artist has developed throughout the years a new approach to digital art developing work for his “Retro Futurism” series.

Hannon gives a new life to his paintings by photographing them during the creative process and then digitally recreate them by combining multiple artworks. According to the artist, the technique of “digitally remixing” his paintings allows him to give life to a brand-new artwork that reimagines and reinterprets the original. The end result is often completely different from the original painting, yet it is still part of it, because without the first, the remix would not exist.

The artist turns to photography not only to remix his paintings but also to point out the beauty and tragedy of the little worlds around our feet. As with music, Hannon is deeply fascinated by nature and its volatility, and with his photographs he hopes that “others notice this world and take note of how quickly anyone’s world can change”.
Dex Hannon regularly exhibits in the UK, and in 2020 he was awarded the ‘Best in Show’ prize for the inaugural Art Folio Annual Award. Dex Hannon currently works and lives in in the North of England, UK.

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Dex Hannon's art

    Fractures

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    The Decline of Empires
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    The Decline of Empires

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    We are the Fury of the Night
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    We are the Fury of the Night

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    Carving her way through the dancefloor

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    Fury in the eyes of those left behind

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    Chrysalis

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Fractures

Artist: Dex Hannon
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Not available
Original price: £1450
The Decline of Empires
Original SOLD

The Decline of Empires

Artist: Dex Hannon
Original Status: Sold
Print Status: Not available
We are the Fury of the Night
Original SOLD

We are the Fury of the Night

Artist: Dex Hannon
Original Status: Sold
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Carving her way through the dancefloor

Artist: Dex Hannon
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Original price: £1600
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Fury in the eyes of those left behind

Artist: Dex Hannon
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Chrysalis

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Original price: £1250
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Quantum Superposition

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Sugar Pop Dream Factory

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Dreams, moon beams and streetscenes

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Cognitive Dissonance
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Cognitive Dissonance

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Atomic Balance
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Atomic Balance

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Ambient Echoes
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Ambient Echoes

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Unplug yourself from material things

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The facade of humans
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The facade of humans

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SPINE

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She's lost control again

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RAGE
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RAGE

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Memories of tall buildings I used to know
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Memories of tall buildings I used to know

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Jumping off tall buildings
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Jumping off tall buildings

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Dreams flow into every corner
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Dreams flow into every corner

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Foundations of forgotten buildings

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Ambient echoes
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Ambient echoes

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Dream Vision City
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Dream Vision City

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‘Best In Show’ Outright winner for Art Folio 2020

‘Best In Show’ Outright winner for Art Folio 2020

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Winner of the International art prize 2020

Date posted: 15/06/2020

Interview

Manchester to the outskirts of Huddersfield a journey which to many would appear unremarkable has been anything but for Dex Hannon

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Dex’s personality, much like his relationship with his craft, oozes an authentic truth. From his earliest memories of painstakingly recreating every detail of comic strip characters, all the way to his work of recent years; Dex has allowed his life, his interests and his artistic skill to evolve organically.

Hannon’s most recent pieces have involved producing completed paintings which could happily standalone as a viable work, and then reimagining them with illustrator and photoshop to become something quite converse.

The smooth, fluid strokes of his painted work are harshly pitted against the strong geometric lines of an upper digital layer, perhaps echoing the polar nature of the artist’s past and present. When asked why Yorkshire was his chosen artistic base, Dex said that despite his youthful misgivings about crossing the pennines: “Everyone is influenced by their environment and here in Yorkshire I always feel so connected.

“Even through the architectural materials, I feel connected. I only have to walk for a few minutes and I find myself in the most amazing places. Just the stone of the buildings compared to the red bricks I was surrounded by in Manchester – the way the light interacts with them is so different.”

Due to the vibrant shards of colour which Hannon’s digital editing empart onto his work, many audience members could be forgiven for viewing the images purely as contemporary, ultra-modern works. There is however, a catalogue of personal history in each canvas – even the computerised techniques are born from the artist dredging the depths of youthful musical exploration.

The remix is where Dex first discovered the notion of toying with an original work to take it to a whole new place. The product of a television-free, Mancunian household, Dex’s consumption of music and literature are what always has, and continues to, inform his work. B-sides and remixes are what stimulated his desire to take something beyond simply what it is. He knows there is always a whole lot more, it just needs to be awoken from its slumber of conformity.

His most recent series, ‘Chaos Agri-culture’, demonstrates the stark differences – along with some unexpectedly fitting amalgamations – of what could be construed as analogue and digital. In a world hurtling towards unilateral digitisation, Dex provides evidence that both can co-exist – whether happily or abrasively.

He – as many artists now have to – offers his work for sale as a digital file. This certainly doesn’t mean he is a supporter of an unlimited supply of these images making their way around the world. When selling a digital image, 10 copies are all that are made available before he personally destroys the hard copy. A cheery two-fingers held up to all those who wish to make a quick buck at the expense of a hard-working artist.

After pouring energy into the Broken Toy Company (a collective well worth a closer look for any self-respecting Yorkshire art fiend), this year looks set to revolve solely around the work of Dex as an individual. In typically self-effacing style, Dex said it looks as if things might “really be taking off” – a serious understatement for an artist who has received attention, praise and a warm critical acclaim in ever-increasing bucket loads over recent years.

Two statements throughout his interview with Yorkshire Art were more prominent than most: “I don’t believe there is anything after this,” and “You’re only alive until the last time a person talks about you.” These utterances were striking, not because of their morbidity, but because of the strength of belief behind them.

Dex truly believes this life is the only one he will receive. He, in no uncertain terms, will be firmly grasping every opportunity he can to express himself in this particular incarnation.

Dex Hannon. Don’t miss your chance to see his work in this lifetime. You might not get another one.

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"The final brush stroke of a painting is when that first person connects with it. "

Dex Hannon's art

    Fractures

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £1450
    The Decline of Empires
    Original SOLD

    The Decline of Empires

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Sold
    Print Status: Not available
    We are the Fury of the Night
    Original SOLD

    We are the Fury of the Night

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Sold
    Print Status: Not available

    Carving her way through the dancefloor

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
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    Original price: £1600
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Fury in the eyes of those left behind

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £1400
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Chrysalis

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
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    Original price: £1250
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

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    Past Exhibitions

    June 2020 – Outright winner – Best in Show – Art Folio 2020 international Annual award.

    June 2019 – Shortlisted Artists Show – Refresh Art Prize – London – 5th Base Gallery

    August -2017 – Joint Show – Editions – Dex Hannon – Munro Art Gallery Leeds

    June 2016 – Photoplay #02 – London Brewdog – Synaesthesia performance

    March 2016 – Lemonade Gallery – Synaesthesia performance for the ‘Them’ show

    October 2015 – November 2016 – Kunsthuis Gallery, York

    July 2015 – September 2016 – Outlaws Yacht Club, Leeds

    May 2015 – June 2015 – Lawrence Batley, Huddersfield

    May 2015 – Gallery 09 Huddersfield

    November – December 2014 – Joint show Gallery 09 – Huddersfield

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