Hans Habeger

For the past 14 years I have focused on painting and drawing urban landscapes. My current series concentrates on the facades of strip malls and big box stores in suburban Chicago. The settings are a common feature in the American suburban landscape highlighting the culture of consumerism and convenience in which we live. I find these subjects in my immediate surroundings visually appealing due to their architecture, the quality of light, sense of space, and repetition and arrangement of formal design elements that emphasize the abstract qualities of the subject. The works themselves are based on photographic references I take, but I see them as deliberate constructions, adjusted as needed to create balance, unity and a sense of place.