Approved: 25.07.2011

Susie Hamilton

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Writer

Approved: 25.07.2011

My subject is light, usually intensely bright light combined with the human figure. In my pictures figures are melted into light, showered with light, cast hard shadows in oppressive heat, are exposed in the neon of a supermarket aisle or assembled in the glare of a glitzy banquet. Light in these works is not a comfortable thing but an image of a power that overwhelms, reveals and transforms, sometimes into something misshapen or grotesque.

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      My subject is light, usually intensely bright light combined with the human figure. In my pictures figures are melted into light, showered with light, cast hard shadows in oppressive heat, are exposed in the neon of a supermarket aisle or assembled in the glare of a glitzy banquet. Light in these works is not a comfortable thing but an image of a power that overwhelms, reveals and transforms, sometimes into something misshapen or grotesque.

      Going towards the grotesque is going towards the unfamiliar and I like to turn figures into peculiar, hybrid things or into blots, messes and abstract shapes. The representational overtaken by abstraction is important to me because it is a way of challenging identity and also 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. I want something that starts as a spectacle of everyday life--on the beach or in the mall--to end in a painting of something uncanny or mysterious.

       

      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