Teddy Hansen’s comically surreal wall-hangings celebrate the power of escapist art. Inspiring laughter and perplexity, he infuses natural imagery with absurd narrative to convey a wild sense of humour and a rampant obsession with frogs.
Having studied at Falmouth and Leeds University, Hansen began his artistic journey with painting and embroidery before entering the foray of rug-tufting. During the creation process, each piece follows a dream-like narrative which becomes increasingly complex as the work unfolds. Ultimately, it is this sense of unpredictability that fuels Hansen’s vision, culminating in an immersive and arresting aesthetic.
Above all, Hansen strives to emphasise the importance of humour and experimentation by encouraging audiences to take his rugs at face value. Instead of inspiring any kind of hidden notions, they are designed with the sole purpose of evoking joyful escapism.
Teddy Hansen works out of his swamp in Brixton. In April 2022, he hosted his first solo show – II LIVES – in Shoreditch where he displayed a collection of thirty rugs, each featuring at least one amphibian.