Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to present the work of artist Hanna Eshel. Eshel is an internationally renowned artist whose work has evolved over many years of artistic practice. Born in Jerusalem in 1926, Eshel moved to Paris in 1952, completing advanced studies in painting and fresco at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the École des Beaux-Arts, where she was awarded First Prize in the Concours de France. It was during her twenty-year period in France that she created the majority of her oil paintings, paper collages, and burlap collages.
As Eshel’s art grew increasingly three-dimensional, she began to experiment with sculpture. Her search for a material with soul is what brought her to Carrara, Italy. Eshel’s proposed two-month sojourn in Carrara became six years after she fell in love with marble. In her 1996 autobiography, “Michelangelo and Me: Six Years in My Carrara Haven,” she tells the story of her relationship with marble and how she learned to work with the stone at the Atelier Nicoli.
In the late 1970s the world art mecca moved to New York and so did Eshel, along with hundreds of paintings and approximately 20,000 pounds of marble sculpture. As she embarked on a new life, her artistic practice evolved again. Eshel began to explore photo painting, producing her famous Save the Trees series.
Hanna Eshel’s works have been exhibited in several salons in Paris and many of her sculptures are on permanent display in Israel. The majority of her work is on display in a garden-like setting in her lower Manhattan loft.