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Paul Stolper

Susie Hamilton

London, UK

Drawing, Mixed media, Painting, Text • Born in London, UK • Studied at St Martin's School of Art, Byam Shaw School of Art and London University

Published  25/10/2015   |   Updated  25/04/2020

Glaring Light

Hamilton's paintings often depict travelling figures (Sami, explorers, riders, Berbers, mountaineers, shoppers) struggling, dashing, trudging through the wilderness of the world. The wilderness may be a natural one or it may be a bleak public space such as hospital, superstore, casino or mall. The settings are frequently overwhelming in the sense that they dwarf or threaten the living creature. They are also characterised by glaring light which...

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Hamilton's paintings often depict travelling figures (Sami, explorers, riders, Berbers, mountaineers, shoppers) struggling, dashing, trudging through the wilderness of the world. The wilderness may be a natural one or it may be a bleak public space such as hospital, superstore, casino or mall. The settings are frequently overwhelming in the sense that they dwarf or threaten the living creature. They are also characterised by glaring light which exposes and blitzes the figure and sets up a violent contrast between dazzle and darkness. The method and style of painting, as much as the setting, challenge the figure and the figurative. The style hovers on abstraction with the figure and the figurative being threatened with loss of identity and transformation into abstract forms. Figures and objects become mysterious or menacing, replacing the named and known with the unnamed and unknown.



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Paul Stolper

Doctor

Doctor

Doctor 2

Doctor 2

Covid Ward 2

Covid Ward 2

Shadow in Fez

Shadow in Fez

Forest of Frost

Forest of Frost

Little Clown

Little Clown

Pink Petrol Station

Pink Petrol Station

Narcissus

Narcissus

Violet Diners

Violet Diners

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

Silence

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

Gulls and waterfowl on the canal; fumes of turps; the Shard, Gherkin and buildings in the City of London

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

thin acrylic or thick oil paint.

What themes do you pursue?

Mutating and damaged figures. Figures in wilderness.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

Matisse's remark that "You can exaggerate in the direction of truth".

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Stubb's "Horse Devoured by a Lion"

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Chef

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Home in Mile End, Varanasi and the Isle of Skye


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2018

'On Margate Sands'

2016

in atoms

2015

Roaring Girls, House of St Barnabas, London, UK

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GROUP

2015

Lino|cut, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, UK

Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Deutsche Bank, London, UK

House of St Barnabas, London, UK

Murderme, UK

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GALLERIES

Paul Stolper, London | http://www.paulstolper.com/artists/portfoliolist/30-susie-hamilton

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