Hans Habeger

For the past 15 years I have focused on painting and drawing urban landscapes. My recent work concentrates on the facades of strip malls and big box stores in the suburban Chicago area. These settings are common in the American suburban landscape and highlight 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 time, and arrangement, repetition, and quality of the formal design elements within them. Photographic references enable me to capture the specific light, space, and details of the scene, thought I think of the paintings and drawings as deliberate constructions, edited, adjusted, reworked, layered, and translated through the medium of oil paint, charcoal, or conte crayon.