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Susie Hamilton

Artist, Writer

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. read full statement

Location London
Activities Lecturing, Private commissions, Critical writing
Artforms Digital, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
Tags,, Light, Figures, Desert, Islam, Colour, Literature, Dining Rooms, supermarkets

News & Events

  • John Moores Painting Prize

    I have been selected for this exhibition with one of my "Freezer" paintings.

  • International Print Biennale

    27/06/2014 – 08/08/2014
    Hatton Gallery The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE1 7RU

    37 artists selected to show in this print exhibition

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  • Three-person show

    21/05/2014 – 21/06/2014
    Paul Stolper Gallery, Museum Street, London

    3-person show of recent paintings

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  • The John Moores Painting Prize

    05/07/2014 – 30/11/2014
    The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

    52 artists selected in painting exhibition

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  • Underexposed, Female Artists and the Medium of Print

    16/05/2014 – 19/06/2014
    School of Art, Kent University

    Printing exhibition including international female artists

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  • Greetings Cards

    Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London

    Card of my Hotel Dining Room picture available in Royal Academy shop

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  • The Cruel Scene


    Online magazine, /seconds. which features a series of my "Mutilate" paintings.

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