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Hazel Soan grew up in the UK and graduated with a BA hons in Fine Art after studying painting at Camberwell and Leicester Art Colleges.She was awarded the Holbrook Trust Prize from Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1976 and within a year of her graduation, she was earning a living by her paintings, and her watercolours sold out within the first hour of her first exhibition in London. Hazel has since held over 20 solo exhibitions, heeding the advice of one of her college professors-‘Always have an exhibition on the horizon’. She has held exhibitions from as far afield as the Namibia, Venezuela, South Africa & Zimbabawe to closer to home in the UK. She took advice from the same lecturer when he told her to have a studio of her own where she could work uninterrupted and also to travel in order to avoid getting in a rut.

She now has a studio in West London and another in Cape Town.  Hazel has always loved the written word and began writing articles and books about painting in the 1990’s. Analysing visual practice became an interesting challenge. She has now written 10 books, mostly on watercolour, almost all published by HarperCollins and is about to publish her 11th book. She contributes articles regularly to magazines such as The Artist & Leisure Painter and has been writing a regular bimonthly artcle for the leading Art Magazine, Kunst, in Norway for the last 4 years.


The main themes of her contemporary, figurative oils and watercolours explore the individual and group shapes of people, animals and landscapes, surrounded or backed by light. Her work is represented in private, public and corporate collections worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, who recently acquired an in drawing of the photographer Bill Brandt for its collection.


Hazel has been travelling in Africa since 1981 and now shares her life between London and Cape Town. For many years Hazel has been passionate about the African Continent. Her painting forays have taken her into Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa. Whilst on safari she paints in watercolour for speed and ease of transport but creates larger works and paintings in oil and acrylic back in her studio.


Hazel Soan

Waterfront 6

Medium:  SERIGRAPH

Stock No:  SOAN-0024-F

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Midday Haven I

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Stock No: SOAN-0030

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Midday Haven II

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Stock No:  SOAN-0031

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