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Susie Hamilton

London, UK

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Zeichnung, Malerei • Born in London, UK • Studied at St Martin's School of Art, Byam Shaw School of Art and London University
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Spying on Leisure

Susie Hamilton's work usually starts with drawing from life. She has been called a “flaneur” since she observes from the sidelines, scrutinising tourists, shoppers, holidaymakers, diners, hen nights and other scenes of leisure. She has to work extremely quickly to catch particular movements and poses and this means that her figures are compressed, abbreviated and simplified and usually morph into something misshapen and grotesque. This is a...

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Susie Hamilton's work usually starts with drawing from life. She has been called a “flaneur” since she observes from the sidelines, scrutinising tourists, shoppers, holidaymakers, diners, hen nights and other scenes of leisure. She has to work extremely quickly to catch particular movements and poses and this means that her figures are compressed, abbreviated and simplified and usually morph into something misshapen and grotesque. This is a quality that she likes and develops because it says something about the figure's vulnerability and also the pathos of people who seem to be full of expectation or dissatisfaction as they process or trudge or consume or travel in the quest for meaning or excitement. Going towards the grotesque is also going towards the unfamiliar and she likes to transform her figures into peculiar, hybrid things or into blots, messes, silhouettes and abstract shapes. She is a representational painter but the representational overtaken by abstraction is important in her work, partly because it is a way of challenging human identity but also because it is a means of reaching a point where the recognisable gives way to the unnamed. It dramatises and contrasts two ways of seeing - through names or through nameless shapes. She begins with the spectacle of everyday life: the dining room, mall or beach resort, and ends with a painting of something uncanny or mysterious.

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

2015

Roaring Girls, House of St Barnabas, London, UK

Here Comes Everybody, St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK

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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