Hannah Giffard Biography

Hannah Giffard was born in London, the daughter of two artists, who trained at The Slade School of Art, England. Hannah studied Fine Art and Printmaking at Norwich School of Art and Bower Ashton School of Art in Bristol, England.  She paints primarily with oils in an original and distinctive style. Her paintings feature animals which are both realistic and symbolic, the landscapes behind show the changing seasons.



‘The East Anglian Daily Times’ review said:

“Hannah Giffard’s oil paintings have a medieval symbolism. ‘Hares Asleep Under A Winter Tree’ employs loosely brushed colour to make a glowing atmosphere. The hares lying in a circular formation within the roots of a tree nestle in a womb-like incubation. Something of our primordial psyche is manifested here.”



"I love the East Anglian landscapes with its huge horizons; the changing seasons, the local wildlife and birds are also an endless source of fascination. The animals I paint are often symbolic - their relationship to each other and the landscape brings another dimension to the piece, which can be left to the observer to interpret for themselves.  I try to capture a moment of 'being there', of noticing something new in a scene which I may have passed through many times before. In the countryside there is always hope within an often austere beauty, even in the depth of midwinter, for example, the black of the crows against the pure white of new snow or hares boxing on a frosty field in the howling March winds."



2016 - Oct - Anteros Art Foundation (Main Gallery) - new works, prints and example of a commission

           Spring - The Red Dot Gallery, Holt - a selection of works

           May - June - Solo Exhibit at English & Continental Antiques, Eye, Suffolk

2015 - Dec - Solo Exhibit at Pennoyers Gallery, Pulham St Mary, Norfolk.

2015 - Nov - "Remembrance" Art Exhibition, St Martin's Church, Gospel Oak, London

2015 - Aug - Little Gallery, Halesworth

2013 - Open Studios

2012 - 'The Red Dot Gallery' Holt; 'Thompsons Gallery' Alburgh; The Contemporary Art Fair -                                          Battersea, Open Studios - London and Norfolk.

2011  - The Logo commission for The Jenny Lind Ward, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Thompsons Gallery -                      Alburgh, The Olive Tree - Suffolk, Open Studios Norfolk and London.

2010 - The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Children's Ward commission, Thompsons Gallery - Aldburgh,

           The Leaping Hare - Suffolk, Nine Clarendon Cross - London, Open Studios Norfolk.

2009 - The Olive Tree - Suffolk,  Bells of Suffolk, Thompsons Gallery - Alburgh, Cambridge Contemporary Arts,                The Fisher Theatre, Fairfax Gallery - Norfolk.

2008 – Big Blue Sky Gallery Norfolk, Bells of Suffolk, Thompsons Gallery - Alburgh, Open Studios London &                    Norfolk, Cambridge Contemporary Arts; The Olive Tree.
2007 – Open Studios, Norfolk; The Fisher Theatre, Thompsons Gallery, The Fairfax Gallery, Norfolk & Norwich                  Hospital, The King of Hearts. 
2006 – Thompsons Gallery, Alburgh, Cambridge Contemporary Arts, Lena Boyle Fine Art - London.
2005 – Lena Boyle Fine Art - London; The Fairfax Gallery Norfolk; Clarendon Cross Gallery- Holland Park.

2004 – London – Clarendon Cross Gallery; Open Studios, The Buckenham Gallery - Southwold.
2003 – Norfolk and Norwich Hospital – Buxton Children’s Ward – Window Designs
2003 – London – Clarendon Cross Gallery - solo
2002 – London – Contemporary Arts Fair - mixed
2001 – London – Nine Clarendon Cross Gallery – solo
2001 – Norfolk and Norwich Hospital solo exhibition
2001 – London – The Mall Galleries - mixed
2000 – Buckenham Gallery – Southwold – mixed
1999 – Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival – Norwich
1999 – London – Clarendon Cross Gallery – solo
1997 – West of England Academy - mixed
1994 – W. H. Smith Travelling Exhibition – mixed

Hannah Giffard’s paintings are currently in private collections in France, England, U.S.A, Australia and South America.



Stephanie Nettell of the Observer Newspaper wrote:

“Hannah Giffard is an original, the undiscovered talent publishers dream about….words and pictures have a bold personal rhythm.”

Hannah has written and illustrated books for a number of publishers including Frances Lincoln, Pan Macmillan, and Simon and Schuster. Her ‘Red Fox’ books (published by Frances Lincoln) were short-listed for 'The Children’s Book of the Year' Award.  The popularity of the Red Fox books developed into the animation ‘Pablo the Little Red Fox’. .  Co-produced by Hannah (Red Fox Productions) and Millimages, Paris. 'Pablo The Little Red Fox' enjoyed great success in the UK , winning the BAFTA for Best International TV series. It now has a worldwide audience.




Hannah was commissioned to design artwork for the new Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital,  Her lively and colourful images for the walls and ceilings of the Jenny Lind Children’s Department help to transform a clinical area into an interesting and entertaining environment.


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