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 suburban Chicago. The settings are a common feature in the ever-changing 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 arrangement, repetition, and quality of the formal design elements within them. The works themselves are based on photographic references I take and I see the paintings and drawings as deliberate constructions, adjusted, reworked, and translated through the medium of oil paint, charcoal, or conte crayon to evoke a sense of place, time, and feeling.