Alexander Hamilton born 1950, grew up in Caithness, Scotland. He studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, after qualifying, Hamilton spent 6 months recording the plants on the uninhabited island of Stroma, creating his first photogram images. This began a 40 year journey exploring connections to plants and landscape. His work was shown in Europe with the exhibition 'The Peace Rose and the Pursuit of Perfection'. In 1992 his photogram work were exhibited at the Photographers Gallery London, in 2002 at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. From 2002 to 2007 he worked on creating a multi-screen moving image installation based on natural landscapes, in partnership with Richard Ashrowan (Hamilton&Ashrowan - www.threshold10.com)). These works have been exhibited at the Threshold Artspace in Perth, Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Fabryka Sztuki in Poland. In 2008 a major showing of Hamilton's photogram images, 'Blue Flora Celtica', was presented at the Foksal Gallery Warsaw. In 2009 he completed a one year residency programme at Brantwood, responding to Ruskin's ideas on ecology and botany, with funding from The Leverhulme Trust. This work was shown at Brantwood, Lancaster University and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In 2010 he completed a Darwin Now project funded by the British Council, working with the Centre of Behavioural Ecology University of Poznan. The work was shown at the Muzalewska Gallery Poznan. A touring exhibition of his photograms - Stromata was presented by the Highland Council in 2011.
His artistic career could be described broadly as working within the field of art and ecology; for over four decades it has been centred on an exploration of connections with natural landscapes. The principal medium used in his visual enquires is the photogram (cyanotype) sometimes combined with photography and moving image work (as in the Fruitmarket Exhibition 2002, Threshold 2005, Foksal Exhibition 2008 and Stromata 2011).
CV & Education
2011 - Stromata- Touring Exhibition- Highland Council, Thurso-Wick- Helmsdale-Inverness, Highland Region
2010 - Sensorium- Exhibition from one year residency, Brantwood- Ruskin Foundation, Coniston- Lake District
2010 - Sensorium- Leverhulme Fellowship, The Ruskin Library- Lancaster University, Lancaster
2010 - Trace- British Council funded project, Muzalewska Gallery, Poznan -Poland
2009 - Blue Flora Celtica- A celebration of Beuys, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh
2008 - Glenfinlas Cyanotypes- The site of Ruskin portrait, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh
2008 - Blue Flora Celtica, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw Poland