Hanna Eshel

Hanna Eshel is an internationally recognized artist whose work has evolved over many years and a wide variety of media. Oil, burlap, paper, marble and bronze have been some
of the favored materials during her long and prolific life.

A fifth generation Israeli born in Jerusalem in 1926, Eshel first studied at the Bezalel
School of Art.  She also served as Lieutenant of Cartography in the Israeli Air Force
during the 1948 War of Independence. Eshel moved to Paris in 1952, completing
advanced studies in painting and fresco at the Academic de la Grande Chaumiere and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she was awarded the first prize in the Concours de France.  It was during her twenty-year period in France that she created the majority of her oil paintings, paper collages and burlap collage/paintings.

As Eshel’s art grew more and more three-dimensional (many of her burlap collage
paintings contain clefts, fissures and holes, some of which are actually double-sided
works) she began to experiment with other sculpting media. Her search for a material
with soul is what brought her to Carrara, Italy. A proposed two-month sojourn turned into
six years - a time during which she created many original marble sculptures. Her
1996 autobiography “Michelangelo and Me: Six Years in My Carrara Haven” tells the
story of her love of marble and how she learned to work with the material as one of a
family of sculptors at Atelier Nicoli.

In the late seventies the world art mecca moved to New York, and so did Eshel, along
with hundreds of paintings and 20,000 pounds of marble sculpture. As she embarked on
a new life, her art evolved yet again. Photo-painting (extending sections of a photo with paint), which allowed her to draw on her talents as photographer, world traveler and connoisseur of art history, became thepreferred medium, and Eshel created many pieces including her coveted “Save the Trees” series.

Hanna Eshel’s art has been exhibited in several Salons in Paris and some of her sculptures are currently on permanent display in Israel. The majority of her work is on view in a garden-like setting in her space in lower Manhattan, where she previously held an open loft session the first Sunday of every month.