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 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.
Her portraits have been shown at the Saatchi Gallery, the Houses of Parliament and Durham Cathedral.
While living in Jordan as an Arabic student in 2014, Hannah organised art projects with Syrian refugees for UNHCR. This opportunity inspired her to seek ways to combine her art and humanitarian work. Hannah has also organised art projects in Kurdistan with Yezidi women who had escaped ISIS captivity, and for Rohingya refugees in camps on the Myanmar border.
Hannah believes art can be used as powerful tool for advocacy and as a way to give a voice to the voiceless.