Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Camille Hannah attained a Masters of Fine Art by Research in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in 2010, at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia where she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award.
Hannah’s seductive and illusory paintings with their alluring brush strokes in rich, viscous oil encapsulated within shallow domes of convex Perspex, at once tantalise and distance the viewer at that ‘push me pull you’ threshold of vision and touch. Blooming fulgently, but nonetheless contained, like specimens under glass, the Heroine paintings convey an enigmatic “come hither” sensuality yet with an underlying intimation of remove; of ‘”…touch me, touch me not”.
Feminine, beautiful, powerful, erotic and audacious as the series title ‘Heroine’ suggests, Camille Hannah’s luxuriant, visceral paintings also harbour a subversive dark, ‘toxic’ complex base note, like that of exotic perfumes, or sonorous musical score. They are romantic, operatic, densely layered both visually and conceptually, and at the same time, condensed, held and contained, readily inviting Feminist readings.
The artist paints in reverse onto the back of convex, shallow domed circles of Perspex, working with hand-made brushes, a skill she acquired during an earlier artist residency in China and which facilitate her lush mark-making, The sweep of the hand, the sway of the body is implicit in each expressive passage of paint and swathe of rich glorious colour.
In 2015 she was selected by an international jury to win the T.I.N.A Art Prize, Maurizio Caldirola Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, and was a finalist & winner of the People’s Choice Award in the Gold Coast Art Prize, Qld, Australia, was shortlisted in 2014 for Contemporary Visions V, Beers Contemporary Gallery, London, and in 2012 she won the Kozica-O’Callaghan Award for Painting. Other awards include the Premio Ora Art Prize, Italy 2013 International Catalogue and being shortlisted from 8000 international applicants for the Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy and the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, 2012.
Camille Hannah’s work is part of important corporate and public collections, including Artbank and and Crown Casino, Melbourne and in private collections throughout Australia and Europe.