Emily Hirn

“In an increasingly automated, autonomous, robotic and digitized world, painting offers a human experience.  It does what technology cannot. Painting communicates on a primal level. The imperfect markings of the human hand.” 

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“The unspoken communication of color, the sensuality of thick and thin paint, chaos controlled, the quivering line, unexpected color; all are desirable qualities. The choice of subject matter is not picked by committee or algorithm but chosen by the artist with the artist’s unique vision. Done well, a painting can communicate on a deep, personal and human level.” Emily Hirn

Ms. Hirn paints figures and landscapes, both in oil. Often the two subject areas are combined. Balancing abstract areas of bold color with tightly rendered areas of focus represents her style. In all of her work, the humble, the truthful and the candid are sought.Oil paint offers the ultimate expression.  It can be thick and create texture. It can be transparent and fresh; it can be full of drips and accidents, the richness of color unsurpassed. This painterly quality, and subject matter chosen, is used to capture the human experience in all its imperfection.

Emily received her BFA, cum laude, from the University of Michigan. She has continued her education at both the Nova Scotia and Savannah Colleges of Art and Design and has been mentored by noted artist Albert Handell. She continues taking workshops by artists such as Marc Chatov, Margaret Dyer, David Laffell, Craig Nelson, Burton Silverman and Gary Weiss.

Ms. Hirn has received many notable awards including an Artistic Honors Fellowship from the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as an Award of Excellence from the American Impressionist Society 11th Annual National Exhibition. Her work has been published in books and magazines.  She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of Atlanta.

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