Maria Hatling

Maria Hatling



I believe colour communicates emotion, creates mood and speaks directly to the soul. My current body of work is informed by the way we as human beings relate and interact with each other.

I love experimenting with different colour combinations and find exhilarating that not two individuals have the exact same colour taste, that our personal colour preference is shaped by who we are, where we have been and what we have experienced. I was born in South Korea, adopted to Norway where I lived until my early twenties before settling in London the city that’s been my home for the past fifteen years or so. My personal colour preference is informed by many sources, but l always carry the colours of the sky, the beach and the mountain where I grew up with me. My childhood in Norway has given me my base palette, my love for all shades of blues, browns and greens. These are colours I always come back to. To add to this I collect colour stories wherever I go. I collect these stories on my way to the studio, going back to Norway and on travels. These fragmented colours combinations collected as photos acts as catalysts for the more extensive colour work I undertaken in my studio.


I draw with felt tip pens and permanent markers that are about to run out. I like the raw scratchy effect they make. I try to harness some of the same energy in my paintings and textile work.

textiles art led

In my practice I stitch in into my work on paper and canvas. I find it equally therapeutic and petrifying making permanent wholes in my paintings but I like the 3D effect stitching adds to my work.

site specific and art led

I have created an exclusive scarf for Tate Modern featuring my drawing of the gallery in conjunction with the opening of the Blavatnik wing. I was also commissioned to create a scarf for Tate Liverpool 30th anniversary.