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Curtis Hanson (American b. 1949)

Curtis Hanson has been painting landscapes in Northwestern Connecticut since 1979. Prior to that he studied with R.H. Ives Gammell. Mr. Gammell died at the age of 88 in 1981. Gammell’s book Boston Painters, 1900-1930 (Parnassus Imprints, publisher) gives an accurate account of the tradition of painting that he understood and passed onto his students. Gammell’s primary teacher was William M. Paxton, who, like many of the Boston painters, received his training in Paris at a time when both academic and Impressionist painting styles were flourishing. Hanson has had many influences on his work, especially the work of George Innes, but the years spent in Boston were the foundation of his technique.

Hanson has lived and worked in and around Litchfield, Connecticut for the past twenty years inspired by the natural beauty of New England. Hanson’s paintings capture specific moments in Nature that deftly portray the feeling of the eternal new. He describes it most eloquently; “ As the seasonal cycle continues, it brings a renewal, and I'm continually amazed at the feeling of just beginning.”

Since 2005, Hanson has spent a part of the year in Thailand and the Asian landscape has inspired the artist to create a glorious new body of work celebrating the land and the people of Southeast Asia.

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