Tod Hanson

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Tod Hanson (born 1963) is a London-based artist known for his large-scale graphic installations and public artworks. [1]



Early graphic work

In the 1990s, Hanson worked on a series of large-scale graphic works for Greenpeace UK protests, [2] [3] including a painting of Earth suspended over the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival.[ citation needed ] Hanson worked with Greenpeace to target Tesco by painting Fiasco, an exhibition truck highlighting the use of ozone destroying refrigeration systems, and to paint two excavators with Greenpeace graphics. [4] [5]

In 1991, Hanson decorated both LSE bar and The Brain in Soho.[ citation needed ]

Permanent public artworks

Elliptical Switchback, installed in Haggerston railway station. Haggerston interior1.jpg
Elliptical Switchback, installed in Haggerston railway station.

Hanson's 2004 Grainger Town, a bronze and Granite work that is a collaboration with Simon Wakinson, is permanently installed on Neville Street, near the Central Station, in Grainger Town, Newcastle upon Thyne. [6] [7]

In 2009 Hanson's Elliptical Switchback, a tile mural commemorating Edmund Halley, was installed in the Haggerston railway station. [8] [9] [10] The piece was the first public artwork commissioned by London Overground. [11]

In 2015 he installed two public artworks on Balham Road in London, England. [12]

His 2016 painting Pool of London is permanently installed in the Hackney New School, London. [13] [14]

Hanson's 2020 work Spectra is a public mural installed on the Centre Building of the London School of Economics campus. [15]

Temporary exhibitions

Hanson has had a number of Solo shows including the Jerwood Artists platform at Cell Project Space in 2006. [16] [17]

In 2010 his temporary work Juggernaut Sunset was installed in the Landguard Fort as part of the festival Fleet: Art in the Haven Ports. [18] [19]

In 2015 his site-specific work floor painting, which covers the entire floor, was installed at the historic Durbar Hall of the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Coastal Currents festival. [20]

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