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Guardian Guide Review
Robert Clarke

"I am reminded of the great American abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning calling himself a “slipping glimpser”. Campion traces perceptions on the move – it’s as if her subjects have already moved on, leaving behind multicoloured vapour traces."  Robert Clarke writes about Campion in 2012.
Hannah Campion’s paintings are elusive. In fact, as her work has developed, they are increasingly difficult to categorise as paintings at all. Her main medium remains paint, but her finished products are more like pockets of space choreographed by cut and torn painted scraps. This delightful show of her recent work, resulting from her stint as Vane’s first artist in residence, is aptly titled Shift. I am reminded of the great American abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning calling himself a “slipping glimpser”. Campion traces perceptions on the move – it’s as if her subjects have already moved on, leaving behind multicoloured vapour traces. Her wispish works look ephemeral, vulnerable and at times almost painfully sensitive.
RC 2012
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