Hannah Richardson Nugent (born Edinburgh, 1995) is a Scottish abstract painter and printmaker. Influenced by retro digital aesthetics such as arcade games she creates vibrant abstract works that emulate the luminosity of digitally-generated imagery. In her paintings on canvas the instantaneous movement of mouse on mouse mat or finger on touch pad is mimicked through the application of energetic impasto lines. By juxtaposing these lines with flat painted layers Nugent creates a contrast in surface, blurring the tactile with the synthetic – a response to our daily occupation of both real and virtual Worlds which have become intertwined. Through the creation of her paintings and paper works Hannah seeks to question the viewer’s response to screen aesthetics past and present and their relationship to contemporary abstraction.
In 2018 Hannah received the William and Mary Armour Travel Prize for painting and gained a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art. She currently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.