Paul Hannon (b. 1952) is an American-born, Canadian artist, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he paints urban and coastal scenes of Atlantic Canada.
Paul studied at the State University of New York at Oswego where he majored in Fine Arts and at Pratt Graphics in New York City where he studied with Anna Wong, and with Elaine de Kooning as part of the Empire State College “Studio Without Walls” program. Paul also studied watercolor media with Diana Kurtz at The Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He exhibited in California in the seventies and taught printmaking as artist-in-residence at The Venture Gallery in San Diego. In the eighties, he started a screen-printing, sign and display business in Boulder. Paul’s move to Nova Scotia in 1989 coincided with a renewed and reinvigorated connection to painting. Paul is represented in numerous public, private and corporate collections and he continues to live and work in Halifax.
“All of my paintings are connected through a common concern for the depiction of light. I respond to low-angled, northern light with long and deep shadows. The effect of light informs all of my painting practice whether the subject is a corner store at night or a view along the shore of the Atlantic coast. In a sense, light itself is my subject matter.” —Paul Hannon