(b. 1977, Te Kuiti, New Zealand)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, 1999

Hana Carpenter has Scottish, Irish and Danish ancestry, ngāi te Tiriti te iwi. She was born in Te Kuiti, Aotearoa.

She lives in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland with her partner Samuel and their children.
She has been a finalist in the Parkin Drawing Prize, the Wellington Regional Art Awards, the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Awards, the NZ Painting and Printmaking Awards and the Wallace Awards.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam, Auckland University, and exhibits in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and Pōneke/Wellington.

 Artist Statement

The physicality of gestural mark making, of capturing and containing the body’s energy, is empowering.

My work references the real-time visualisation of sonography, which gives a glimpse into the body’s active subterrain. The paintings are biopsies, ambiguous organic structures captured in a suspended state or moment.

No amount of time spent in hospital has lessened the vulnerability I experience in this environment. Painting enables me to reclaim power and a sense of self. Fluid paint is employed in a physical and intuitive building and obliteration of form, the entropy, alchemy and agency of mark making. My gesture is my voice.


To enquire about Hana Carpenter's larger paintings please get in touch here.

Recent Projects include: The Dinner Party (group show with Tony Guo, Chantel Matthews and Eric Roebeck), RM Gallery, Auckland (2023); Immediate Action (group show with Ekaterina Dimieva and Mo Stewart), Waiheke Art Gallery (2023); Land Body Time, show with Elliot Collins, Greyplace gallery, Auckland (2022); Gush, Flow, Seep, on-site painting project and solo exhibition, Whirinaki Whare Taonga public art gallery, Wellington (2022); You Are Not Alone (group show), The Good The Bad gallery, Auckland (2022); Bread and Butter (group show), Greyplace gallery, Auckland (2022); Suspended Movement (solo), DepotArtSpace gallery, Auckland (2021); Feel it Out, show with sam dollimore, Greyplace Gallery, Auckland (2020); Unseen (solo), Schmid Gallery, Martinborough, NZ (2020); Small Works (online group show), Trestle Gallery, New York (2019); Small Things (solo show), Hutt Gallery, Wellington, NZ (2019)

The links: 
Hana Carpenter's Website
Interview with Resene
Interview with Resene (2)