In David Hahn’s vision a tree is not leaves and branches but a pattern of colors. He does not explore the reality of objects but sees in his subject another reality of color and form, creating an aura that redefines his subject. This is the essence of Pennsylvania Impressionism, paintings that interpret the state’s grand landscape in the fleeting, transitory moment of light glimmering on the surface.
Hahn’s work strives for an atmospheric harmony and symmetry that evolves from the landscape. His compositions are achieved by a balancing of color, bringing contrasting hues into areas dominated by opposing colors, thus, creating a mosaic unified by the patterns of light. The reality of trees, brooks, and waterfalls loose themselves in a visual transcendent poetry.
In his twenty years of painting, Hahn has studied other American Impressionists, Edward Redfield and his student, George Sotter, in particular, giving his style roots in the French Impressionism of the 19th Century. Many Americans, Redfield among them, studied under the French Impressionists and brought the school of thinking back to this country. The Pennsylvania Impressionism that evolved from this trans-Atlantic school has many distinctive painters, each seeking to transfer the energy of a moment’s vision onto canvas.
Hahn has exhibited throughout Bucks County and has taken top awards in
several of the area’s juried shows, among them are the Tinicum Arts
Festival, The Riverside Festival of the Arts, and the Chestnut Hill Fall
for the Arts. He has, also, been the subject of three one man
exhibitions at the Stover Mill Gallery in Tinicum Township. In April,
Hahn was awarded Best of Show and Honorable Mention in the Doylestown
Art League’s 2006 47th Annual Members Juried Show. In July 2006, he was
awarded Honorable Mention at the Tinicum Arts Festival. In 2007, he was
awarded the George Christian Award in the Doylestown Art League's Juried
Exhibition, 4th prize in the Lititz Juried Art Show and 2nd prize in
the Tinicum Arts Festival. In September 2007, Hahn participated in the
78th Juried Art Exhibition at Phillips Mill.