Ashraf Hanna is an artist who thinks first and foremost in form and often works within a restricted monochrome pallet to develop different forms. However, colour is a powerful factor in determining our perception of objects and the artist has started to introduce more colour in to his work, like in this Black Undulating Vessel with Yellow Interior. Talking about this work Ashraf Hanna said: "The choice of colour is reflective of either a personal experience or in response to a particular project. Yellow for instance is a colour that I associate with summer, happiness and energy. A few years ago, my wife, Sue and my two little girls insisted that I should accompany them for a walk. It was a hot, sunny spring day and as we approached a corner, they asked me to close my eyes, held my hands and walked me on for couple of minutes. With my eyes closed, the other senses became heightened – I became aware of a sweet scent that was becoming more and more intense, I could hear the continuous humming of bees all around. The girls finally let go of my hands and asked me to open my eyes, I was overwhelmed by the impact of being engulfed in a sea of vibrant yellow as I found myself surrounded by what seemed like an endless rape field. Even on the darkest winter day, whenever the light catches the interior of one of my yellow pots it lifts my spirits and takes me back to that moment in the middle of the field."
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