A live guitarist riffed as the room hummed with excitement. The gallery was packed at 4pm on Oscars Sunday. One would hardly know this was a Memorial.
Gallery 800’s Reflection Tribute to DH Hanson was plotted to be the one-year anniversary of his passing.
As a scenic artist, DH Hanson designed and painted backdrops, murals, and other elements on film sets. Because of this, DH Hanson had made it his life’s work to study light, flora, and the human form. Clearly a master of his craft, DH Hanson’s work surrounds subjects painted with a classical, romantic realism. With local landscape subjects as DH Hanson’s focus, he evokes the subject matter of Claude Monet and Lili Elbe. DH Hanson’s depiction of the Tujunga landscape and rolling hills not only is familiar to the heart for locals, but elicits a sort of longing and nostalgia.
Owned by the Art Director’s Guild (ADG), Gallery 800 has its roots in film and industry.
The ADG is comprised of graphic artists, illustrators, production designers, model makers, scenic artist, set designers, and title artists. While ADG hosts workshops, screenings, and an array of events, Gallery 800 is a dedicated space to promote the talent of film and TV industry professionals. Nested in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, not only does Gallery 800 showcase the only art gallery, but dually Gallery 800 displays the not-so-hidden talents of industry professionals in an intimate setting.
The ADG has curated an intimate space and community-focused exhibitions with Gallery 800.
Not only is Gallery 800 a space to see local (but professional) talent, but the very essence of this exhibition shows the marriage of community and industry. Not only was DH Hanson’s wife able to propose the opening reception date to be a one-year tribute, but the community came out in droves to not only pay homage to DH Hanson, but to continue to enjoy his talent that succeeds him.
Reflection A Tribute to DH Hanson
February 9, 2020 – March 28, 2020
5108 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601