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Dex Hannon

Dex Hannon studied in Manchester and now resides in Yorkshire. Based at SOPA Creativa studios in Huddersfield. His work is part of several private collections, he has featured in books and magazines, in 2018 he was chosen as one of the top 50 artists for the magazine Art Share Love. He was shortlisted for the Refresh Art Prize in 2019. His work features in the book Art Folio 2020. Dex Hannon goes where the idea takes him. The idea drives the choice of medium. He paints. He makes and uses sounds. He also takes photos, and is also known to shape sentences into interesting stories.

He is influenced by the music he listens to, as he works as much as he is by the artists Mark Rothko and Gerhard Richter. An abstract expressionist, working in paint, digital and sound. The choice medium is driven by the idea. Mixing techniques and bold choices he creates a battle between foreground and background. He works in rapid strokes, letting the moment and music influence movements of the brush. Interlocking raw strokes repeating to form the illusion of depth.

Creating intense, emotional paintings. Sometimes the painting will be the end, sometimes the painting is ‘remixed’. Using photographs and digital software, he will remix the original painting. The new digital work, will reimagine or reinterpret the original work. The concept of a remix always interested him. A song is released with a remix as a B-side. Sometimes the remix would become bigger than the original song. On its own the remix could not exist. It owes its existence to that original song.

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Dex Hannon's art

    Fury in the eyes of those left behind

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    Chrysalis

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    Quantum Superposition

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    The Rage Caged

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    Sugar Pop Dream Factory

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    Dreams, moon beams and streetscenes

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Fury in the eyes of those left behind

Artist: Dex Hannon
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Chrysalis

Artist: Dex Hannon
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Quantum Superposition

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The Rage Caged

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Sugar Pop Dream Factory

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Dreams, moon beams and streetscenes

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Discombobulation Nation

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Cognitive Dissonance

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Clinical Ambient

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Broken Boned and Bleeding out

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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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There is nothing subtle about humanity

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If we forget our past we cannot understand our future

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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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The Dream Architects

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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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Konstrukt 01

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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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FleshJunkShun

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Ambient echoes
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Ambient echoes

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Cognitive dissonance

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DisFunkShun

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Dream Vision City
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Dream Vision City

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Eve Of Destruction

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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. "
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Dex Hannon's art

    Fury in the eyes of those left behind

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Original price: £1250

    Chrysalis

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

    Quantum Superposition

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Original price: £1450
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    The Rage Caged

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £1400
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Sugar Pop Dream Factory

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Original price: £950
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Dreams, moon beams and streetscenes

    Artist: Dex Hannon
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £1450
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

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Past Exhibitions

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