ALEX HAMILTON

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010     Roadtrip, Kysna Fine Art, Knysna
2009     Collected Celebrity, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
2009     CAST & CREW, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg
2009     AFROTIZE, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town
2008     CAST & CREW, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town
2008     Trinkets and Trash, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town
2007     Flight School, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
2007     You are what you hear, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town
2007     Everybody Angel, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town
2006     The Princess and the Pea, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2006     How the fairies baked a cake, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2005     Aquaplane, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2005     Rebels Saints and Divas, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2005     How to do the Hamilton Hush-Hush, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
2004     Silhouette of a Song, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2003     Play Room/Pray Room, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
            Kerry work, Bond Restaurant, Dublin, Ireland
            Paperdoll-part II, Artist’s Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2002     Paperdoll, Articles and Frames Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
            Girl annual (duo) Millennium Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
            Mandalas @ Azara, Azara Restaurant, Cape Town, South Africa
2001     Soulsearch (duo) Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Eat drink love think, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            “Colores de mi tierra” Casa de Arte, Mallorca, Spain
            Worth of the sky-colour of my land, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Worn world, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2000     Kitsch Sin Art, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Work on paper (duo) Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1999     Fruitwraps, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Chilliestrip, Dino Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany
1998     Fever, Houtbay Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Double reality, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1997     In pursuit of fruit, The Dinner club, Cape Town, South Africa
            Solo exhibition: Sanlam art gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1996     Eat Art, The Dinner club, Cape Town, South Africa

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS  
2007     Opening Exhibition, GAIA Gallery, Whales
2007     Opening Exhibition, David Brown Fine Art, Johannesburg, South Africa
2006     Group exhibition, Gallery 34 Long, Cape Town, South Africa
2006     Group exhibition, What if the World Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2003     Opening exhibition, Envision Gallery, Toas, USA
2003     Signed 2003, Old Arts Gallery. Pretoria, South Africa
2002     Group Exhibition, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
2002     Group exhibition, Dutch Art, Delft, Holland
2001     A 4000 - A 8000, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
            The fine line between here and there, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2000     Blaze - exhibition heat, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Big Bang - The theory of art, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1999     Angels blue, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1998     A colourful explosion, Houtbay Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1998     Hot Chillies, Naked Man, Boom Chiki Boom, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1997     The holy banana and other relics, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
            Group exhibitions: Frederich Nauman Foundation, Lauenburg, Germany
            Group exhibitions: general consulate of South Africa, Hamburg, Germany

PROJECTS AND WORKSHOPS
2007     Contributing illustrator to WANTED Magazine
2005-2009    Contributing illustrator to GQ Magazine
2003     Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, selected to spend 4 weeks at this artist retreat in Co. Kerry, Ireland
2000     Hewlett Packard - A celebration of art and technology 
            Curated and participated in this exhibition for Hewlett Packard, Johannesburg, South Africa
1999     Artswitch Artist Exchange Workshop, attended this two week workshop and exhibited at the Freidrich Naumann Foundation, Lauenburg, Germany
1997     Founded Bang the Gallery, taking position as curator and director. 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Mettle Group Limited
Sanlam 
Oasis Group Holdings
Finsource 
MWeb
German Language Centre  

ARTIST STATEMENT
My art is an explosion of diversity: an organic, living creativity inspired by the wealth of culture present in this world. Deeply moved by natural beauty, spirituality and popular culture, my art has become a visual exploration of symbolism, universal archetypes, colour and iconography. Concepts such as deconstructionism and religion play an important part in the evolution of my work as I create visuals with the intention and desire to translate the universality and oneness that all peoples and cultures inherently share. 
Never before has the world been so alive with the cross-pollination of ideas and sub-cultures. Global travel and communication have given us access to an excess of information and visuals like never before. We have a constant stream of films, music, satellite television, books and of course the Internet. Popular culture is in its prime! 
As an artist I am excited by this. I have become a magpie, a collector of those dazzling ideas, visuals, thoughts and experiences all around me. By allowing this vitality into my sub-consciousness I allow the multiplicity of concepts to merge and eventually resurface as a distilled form of creativity from the collective consciousness which I then express through my artistic process. 
This curiosity causes me to bring together many visual impressions, combining a variety of feelings, sub-cultural beliefs and global impressions. The idea of chaos and order also plays an important role in how I approach my art and communicate my visual ideas. With each piece created I aim to express the awe and wonder present in this intricate, exquisite world, a world of colour and light, mysterious clues and ancient symbols: a dimension filled with the gods and goddesses of creation, form, grace, beauty, virtue and peace… 

ARTIST STATEMENT ON EXHIBITION “COLLECTED CELEBRITY”
The inspiration for this exhibition is positive nostalgia, popular iconography and the obsessive nature of fame and the celebrity cult. After two years of researching and total immersion into this topic, the concept of our collective fascination with fame is still a relevant and exciting topic to explore. With my collected celebrity canvasses I hope to tap into the history of heroes, the exploration of eras and time, and the iconography of contemporary popular culture. These images are put together either in themes and stories which aim to portray an alternative archive of our present and past, or just randomly, to create interesting conversation between these icons. These stories vary in depth of “emotion” and “importance” but collectively tell of our very personal journey through the history of iconography. Within these paintings you will find icons representing all our aspirations, desires, styles, fears and joy. This is linked to my idea that all our memories are connected to specific images and within the rich complexity of 1200 icons there is an image that will connect to specific emotions on a very personal level. Because of this complexity, it allows everybody to interact with the art, comment on their personal journey and play a game of “spot the celebrity”. This interactive element has become an important part of my art and has created a fascinating platform for personnel expression and choice, not only by me, the artist, but also the viewer.

TRENT READ ON “COLLECTED CELEBRITY” EXHIBITION
One of the great pleasures of being a dealer in contemporary art is the close contact one makes with the artists. I have had the privilege in a long career of meeting and working with some extraordinary people. I have noticed that painters can be roughly divided into two groups. The first, and by far the largest, consists of artists who find their style or metier and slowly and methodically develop over the years. The second and smallest group is those artists who fizz with ideas and concepts like a shaken can of cola.
All too often these painters, to continue the metaphor, all gas and no substance but occasionally someone like Alex Hamilton happens. This is my fifth one man show of Hamilton's and I am always astonished at the direction he takes and the obsessive nature of his research and collection of source material. He combines this with a meticulous technique to create haunting and lovely paintings that celebrate that part of the human psyche that seeks through dance, story telling, food, ritual or mechanical invention to transcend the corporeal and attain the ineffable.