Hannah Tjia, born in Southern California in 2001, is a painter and draftswoman who combines figurative studio painting with illustration and decorative design, inspired by her love of folklore and fairytales. Her work explores otherworldly creatures and motifs representative of her imagination and perception of reality. She works in oil paint, charcoal, graphite, watercolour, and gouache and enjoys experimenting with and combining these mediums. She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design in the spring of 2023 and currently resides in Irvine, CA. United States
As a contemporary figurative artist, Hannah Tjia captures moods and moments from books or folktales combining oil painting, illustration, and mixed media techniques. Her work explores the figure through design, employing fluid organic lines with ornate patterns inspired by the Art Nouveau, Secessionist, and Art Deco movements. Each piece is independently decorative with narrative and literary allusions, possessing an aesthetic juxtaposition of unique realism with imaginative shapes. Hannah’s work leans heavily on memories, nostalgia, and stories from my childhood, featuring the characters, scenes, and sentiments that kindled joy and made life as a child bright.
In each painting, Hannah Tjia hopes to capture a little ray of joy and allow people to find escape from a very busy grown-up world. Untethered to the rules of realism, her work intermingles dream with the reality of the two and three-dimensional world, resembling something between a picture book and real life.
2023 BFA in Drawing and Painting, Laguna College of Art & Design, CA. United States
Awards & Honorable Mentions
Honorable Mention, Laguna College of Art and Design Trustee Choice Award
Finalist, Portrait Society of America Future Generation Competition
Semifinalist, 16th International ARC Salon
Blue Ribbon Award, OC Fair Fine Art Competition
Divisional Winner, OC Fair Fine Art Competition
Three Blue Ribbon Awards, OC Fair Fine Art Competition