Doug Hansen

Doug Hansen Pen & Brush exhibition at 1821 Gallery

Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, CA and comes from an artistic family. He has loved making pictures from the time he was a child. He received his BA and MA in art from Fresno State. His early work was as a cartoonist and self-published underground comic book artist. Hansen was a Fresno Bee newsroom artist for 22 years and is remembered for his Fresno Sketchbook feature drawings.

Hansen was privileged to return to his alma mater and art department as a full-time instructor of illustration in 2002, and is now a semi-retired professor emeritus. During his tenure Hansen illustrated six books, including works by Valley authors David ‘Mas’ Masumoto and Karen Moore.

The title of Hansen’s exhibition “Pen and Brush” is inspired by the significance of those tools to his artistic development and expression. The simple crow quill pen was Hansen’s first tool as a cartoonist/storyteller. A dozen pages of  black and white ‘70s-era “comix” and cover art from titles like Frezno Funnies are displayed. As his inking ability developed Hansen adopted the brush techniques of classic mainstream comic art.

Brush and pen continue to be Hansen’s tools of choice in his brilliantly-colored gouache or watercolor children’s book illustrations. Hansen has written and illustrated three children’s books: Mother Goose in CaliforniaAesop in California, and California, the Magic Island. Significant work from all three books is included in the show. The image of an iconic bottle of ink, and two chipmunk artists hard at work with pen and brush (featured on the postcard) is an example from Doug’s Mother Goose book.

ArtHop: June 7, 5-8PM

Artist Reception: June 2, 5-8PM

Artwork, prints, and books are available for purchase.

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