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    Eckart Hahn: Alb, 2012 (detail)

Really unreal: The compelling compositions and strange symbolism of Eckart Hahn's paintings

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Hyping up a perfect painting to the point of abstraction, Eckart Hahns has realistically unreal down to a tee. On one easy level, we can appreciate the extraordinary ability it takes to paint the tangible quality of folding fabric and (what appears to be) cascading, coloured plastics – painted to such vivid, dimensional effect. Simultaneously, Eckart affords us plenty to read into with deliberate hints at familiar, old-master motifs and symbolic compositions, albeit with what appears to be strategically arranged carrier bags, duvets, a white pony and a monkey.

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    Eckart Hahn: Statue, 2011

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    Eckart Hahn: Two Towers, 2012

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    Eckart Hahn: Dschungel, 2011

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    Eckart Hahn: Alb, 2012 (detail)

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.