Approved: 25.07.2011

Susie Hamilton

Artist

Approved: 25.07.2011

My work focuses on figures in a wilderness which may be literal (polar ice) or metaphorical (superstores). I often paint in thin veils of acrylic or watercolour which burst boundaries and destroy contours to show figures as stretched, unstable and vulnerable to change. And such mutation is not just change within the human but beyond it, with figures turned into humanoid, hybrid things or into blots,

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Lecturing, Private commissions, Critical writing
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: Light, Figures, Dining Rooms, supermarkets, women, Deserts, Religion, Metamorphosis, animals, Consumption
 
 

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    Biography

    My work focuses on figures in a wilderness which may be literal (polar ice) or metaphorical (superstores). I often paint in thin veils of acrylic or watercolour which burst boundaries and destroy contours to show figures as stretched, unstable and vulnerable to change. And such mutation is not just change within the human but beyond it, with figures turned into humanoid, hybrid things or into blots, silhouettes and abstract shapes. The representational image being overtaken by abstraction is important to me, partly because it feels like a way of challenging the figure's secure identity but also because it is a way of showing the familiar tipping over into the unfamiliar, of reaching a point where the recognisable gives way to something unnamed. Before finding out what an object is, I like the sensation of an obscure presence that reminds me of something as yet unlabelled. It dramatises and contrasts two ways of seeing: in terms of names or of nameless shapes. It is attempt to get behind the familiar to a sensation of mystery.

    CV & Education

    • Selected Solo exhibitions
    • 2015  Here Comes Everybody, St Paul's Cathedral, London
    • 2015  Roaring Girls, House of St Barnabas, Soho, London
    • 2011 - A New Heaven and a New Earth, St Giles Cripplegate Church, London
    • 2009 - Black Sun, Studio Hugo Opdal, Flo, Norway
    • 2009 - Madly Singing in the Mountains, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
    • 2008 - New Paintings: 'World of Light', Triumph Gallery, Moscow Group exhibitions
    • 2006 - Leisure Paintings, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
    • 2004 - Immense Dawn, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
    • 2003 - Paradise Alone, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
    • 2001 - Mutilates, St Giles Cripplegate Church, London
    • Selected Group Shows
    • 2015 - Drawing Biennale, Drawing Room, London
    • 2015 - Material Tension, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
    • 2014 - Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
    • 2014 - John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
    • 2014 - International Print Biennale, Newcastle
    • 2014 - RA Summer Exhibition, London
    • 2014   Underexposed, Women Artists and Print, University of Kent, Canterbury
    • 2014 - Susie Hamilton, Georgia Hayes, Mit Senoj, Paul Stolper, London
    • 2014   Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
    • 2014   One Equal Light, St James's Piccadilly, London
    • 2012 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
    • 2012 - Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
    • 2012 - Vacant Lots, WW Gallery, London
    • 2011 - Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery at Venice Biennale
    • 2011 - In the Flesh, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
    • 2005 - Strictly Painting 3, Vosges + Partner, Frankfurt
    • 2004 - John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
    • 1998 - Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London