Hannaleah Ledwell, an emerging oil painter and my close friend since college has had a remarkable year in her artistic journey. Over the past year, she secured a prestigious grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and showcased her talent through two impressive solo exhibitions, in addition to various group shows. Her artistic aptitude was unmistakable from the moment I met her, where she consistently outshone her peers, displaying not only a deep understanding of herself but also an extraordinary level of artistic skill.
Our shared educational path continued at Concordia University, where she pursued Fine Arts. Her passion for painting continued to flourish, ultimately transforming into a thriving career. Just last year, she took the bold step of leaving her position at a prominent Canadian gallery and decided to wholeheartedly dedicate herself to her art. This courageous decision has proven to be worthwhile, as her work is now receiving the recognition it truly deserves. It’s been incredible to watch her pursue her dreams, and a testament to the rewards of following one’s passion—I couldn’t be prouder.
-Written by Ericka Cicchillitti, friend
Which ‘hood are you in?
I’ve been living in Verdun in Montreal for a few years now. It’s a great neighbourhood, extremely diverse and right by the river, I love it!
What do you do?
I am primarily an oil painter – but I also do ceramics and installation art when I can. I am interested in the way memory works and I explore this by relying on both visual and haptic memory as opposed to reference images to create my paintings. This explains why there is a lot of movement, as well as a “butterfly” effect on the way I treat my subjects – limbs and bodies, may often appear numerous as I recreate the way elements shift as we attempt to recall them. I use these notions to explore intimacy and love languages.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a new painting series thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The project continues to explore similar themes to what I have been exploring for a while, but in this case, I aim to move away from the flatness found in prior paintings and start playing with light and lighting. This shift gives more of a sense of time and space as if you are looking into fleeting moments.
Where can we find your work?