Hannah Rose Thomas is an English artist and Durham graduate in Arabic and History, currently studying for her MA at the Prince's School of Traditional Art in London.
Ever since she was eighteen years-old, Hannah has sold her paintings and received commissions to fund her humanitarian work in Mozambique, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq.
Hannah paints the portraits of people she has encountered on her travels; from African women in remote villages in Mozambique to Syrian refugees in Jordanian refugee camps. Her most recent paintings have been of Yezidi women in Kurdistan.
Hannah’s intimate portraits seek to humanise the individuals forced to flee their homes, whose personal stories are otherwise shrouded by statistics.
Hannah's portraits have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, the Scottish Parliament and Durham Cathedral. In 2015 Hannah was long-listed in the BP Portrait Award for her portrait of Sir Trevor Nunn.
While living in Jordan as an Arabic student in 2014, Hannah organised art projects with Syrian refugees for UNHCR, which were exhibited in Amman on World Refugee Day. This opportunity inspired Hannah to seek ways to combine her art and humanitarian work. During August 2017 she travelled to Northern Iraq, for an art project with Yezidi women who have escaped ISIS captivity.
Hannah believes art can be used as powerful tool for advocacy and as a way to give a voice to the voiceless.