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Hassan Hamdani is an artist of Pakistani/Iranian and English heritage born in South West London . Hamdani had a talent for poetry at an early age but found it difficult to conform to the conventional educational system. His creative nature from a young boy developed into an obsession to paint and draw, creating characters inspired by Japanese Manga. Growing up in London saw him take his newfound talent to the streets where he was best known for his “Phantom” Designs. From paste-ups on street walls to painting on large scale canvases he delved into many forms of artistic expression. After many years of developing his craft he started to get recognition for his creations and was asked to design murals for storefronts and artworks for local business. Hamdani now felt he had found his calling and decided to refine his skills by going to the famous Central St Martins Art (short courses) . It was here he met his Lecturer and later Mentor Ewa Gargulinska, a polish artist known for her Romantic Expressionist work. Gargulinska was a visiting lecturer at The School of Visual Arts in New York, USA from 1982 to 1983. A tough and sometimes critical Gargulinska helped refine this raw talent and put emphasis on perfecting every brush stroke. He gained inspiration and his works were influenced by artist such as Salvador Dali, James Ensor and Jackson Pollock. Later in 2012 he had his first group exhibition at the Westbank gallery and was one of few artist to be invited back the following year. He later went on to do group shows at Atom Gallery, Menier Gallery in 2016 and 2017 and Proud central gallery in 2018. His First solo exhibition in 2016 was a career defining moment for the young artist. With a host a celebrities amongst those that made it a sell-out show. He has sold pieces to Ed Morris (film Director), RichardRussell of XL records (Artist signed; Adele, Radiohead, The White Stripes and The prodigy) and Leon Vynall (DJ/producer) and Sampha. More recently, in 2018 after a near death experience with pneumonia Hamdani had a new outlook on life and how precious it is. While in hospital he kept having dreams that someone was telling him to paint. This experience has clearly influenced his recent work and his fascination with exploring the subconscious or “dream world”.