JOHN HAMILTON

An artist/illustrator using characters, backdrops and props to tell stories. My work includes painting, printmaking, drawing and children’s illustration.

 

The character that appears in my work developed some years ago when I used to paint mythological images. I often gave creatures and angels round, blank faces so that I was not giving them an identity. The faces then gradually developed simple features which is how they are now. Some people want to cuddle and hug them, while others find them sinister and do not feel comfortable with them. Depending on your view of the character, what is happening in the pictures appears differently. This often makes the subject matter ambiguous. I love the idea that one painting can create completely opposite feelings depending on your opinion of the character. Good/ Bad, Warm/Cold, Loving/sinister, Protective/Threatening. I often describe my work as a snapshot, a film still or a scene from a play. We are not aware of what has happened before this and we will not know what happens next. That is up to you, the viewer, to decide this, allowing you to present your own narrative. My work includes painting in oil and acrylic, printmaking and large-scale drawing and collages. Since completing my Masters degree in Children’s Book Illustration I had my first book published by Manchester Museum. My second book ‘The Girl who Really Really Really Loves Dinosaurs’ will be out in July 2018, published by the Natural History Museum.

www.johnhamiltonartist.com

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