Our first grown up gallery (carpet! What were we thinking!)
Hanging Man Gallery exists simply because I am, in all likelihood, the most stubborn person you could ever meet. Harsh? Nah. Let me clarify... I started painting professionally because I decided I deserved to own nice things if I wanted to and if I couldn't afford the art I wanted to buy - I would just paint it for myself. Zero training. No formal artistic background. Never looked at any books on art or artists.
Didn't even own a drop of artists paint or one brush.
The Hanging Queen of Arts...
This is me. Incase you were wondering.
But a childhood spent writing graffiti and developing skills using spray cans would be sufficient right?!? Kinda ignorant I know but this was the 90's and being a child of the 70's, I was nothing if not passionate. Turns out that I have a natural talent for painting with oils (a gift from my greatly missed artistic hero Danks - my Grandfather) and quickly turned from an artist to a selling artist.
So now I could create the art I wanted to own AND afford to buy the art I wanted to collect. Except dealing with other galleries always felt at odds with why I started painting in the first place. I decided that there was space in the market for a gallery that approaches art in a different way. A gallery that tries to encourage artistic enjoyment for both clients AND artists involved with it by making original artwork as accessible as possible to ALL. To freely share our time and passion with anyone interested, even when we know there is no sale to be made at the end of the conversation.
Betty Deathwish. Day 1...
INSPIRATION. (first ever piece of my work worth Hanging)
Shouldnt have favourites but...
Website number 1 (it printed as a flyer too!)
Warhols Marilyn (first ever portrait attempt)
Mind on the job...just not the day one
When table doodles get rowdy...
In 2014 I broke away from the galleries I was working with and started setting up my own gallery. In 2015 I formally started and registered Hanging Man Gallery Ltd, launched the official website and began establishing our brand. In 2017 (5 days before my 40th birthday) I dropped my "day job" and became a full-time artist/business owner. I succeeded in all of the above because it never once entered my head that I could or would fail. I decided to just keep doing things until I made it work or I died, not really concerning myself with which came first. So stubborn? Yep. And extremely proud of it.
SUGAR-FREE. by Steve Hornblow
Spray paint on 300gsm artists paper. SRA3 (18" x 13")