Photo: Susie Hamilton in London

Susie Hamilton


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.

Location London
Activities Lecturing, Private commissions, Critical writing
Artforms / type of project Digital, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
Tags Light, Figures, Dining Rooms, supermarkets, women, Deserts, Religion, Metamorphosis, animals, Consumption

News & Events

  • lino|cut

    10/09/2015 – 11/10/2015
    Paul Stolper Gallery, Museum Street, London

    exhibition of linocuts

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  • Picturing People

    In September art critic Charlotte Mullins will publish her latest book featuring around 60 figurative artists. I am one of them.

  • Here Comes Everybody

    21/07/2015 – 31/08/2015
    St Paul's Cathedral, London

    drawings and watercolours of figures made and exhibited in St Paul's Cathedral in July and August

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  • Roaring Girls

    13/07/2015 – 14/10/2015
    House of St Barnabas, Greek Street, London

    solo exhibition in Dickens Room at The House of St Barnabas, Soho

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  • Guest blog for Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

    Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

    Guest blog describing new work inspired by Liverpool nightlife

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  • Guardian journalist Carole Jahme in conversation with Susie Hamilton

    29/05/2014 – 29/05/2015
    Carole Jahme's blog

    Studio interview/video to coincide with my show at Paul Stolper Gallery

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