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Complex Surreal Worlds: Art by Hannah Yata

A surreal painting of a bat sitting in a cluster of blue flowersMorpho, oil on panel

Each of Hannah Yata paintings are complex surreal worlds, where part-human, part-animal subjects interact with bizarre alien landscapes.


A painting of a female figure with two swan headsDemeter, oil on canvas

Technically, Yata is quite skilled, rendering her subjects in extreme detail, creating almost photorealistic depictions of these strange dream worlds. She usually works in oil on panel, using bright colours and fine blending techniques to achieve a smooth and detailed image.The artist often draws from feminism and environmentalism to comment on nature versus technology and the objectification of the female form. Female figures appear frequently in her works, often with the heads of animals – birds, fish or mythical creatures.


Yata received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, and has since been featured in group shows around the U.S.A. as well as a recent solo exhibition in Japan. 


A painting of a red snapper fish emerging from a red wallA Study in Red, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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