detail: Antony Hamilton, born 1955, Raddle, 1984, jute woolpack, dry raddle (red ochre), horse grease, steel pack hooks, jute binding. Father Owen Farrell Bequest Fund 1987

  

SALA Featured Artist - Antony HAMILTON

  

Raddle, 1984

Antony Hamilton grew up on a sheep property in north-eastern Victoria and frequently his art making draws on the tools and materials of his upbringing. Far from nostalgic, these references to the past, to exploration and farming, problematise our relationship to the land. Art historian and former Gallery director Daniel Thomas claimed in 1995 that Hamilton’s was ‘surely the most thoroughly Australian art hitherto made by a non-Aboriginal Australian’.

  

Raddle is a succinct and surreal evocation of place. Woolpack hooks animate a farm blanket impregnated with the red iron ore used in dyeing and sheep marking. Hamilton describes these works as ‘situations’ rather than art objects, and his use of this term recalls the practice of such artists as Joseph Beuys and Nikolaus Lang, who through their use of found objects, unconventional materials and process-based approach have been influential to Hamilton.

  

Today Hamilton lives west of the Flinders Ranges in the mid-north of South Australia, close to the distinctive landscape conjured in all its stark beauty by Hans Heysen in his nearby paintings.

 

Another work of art
by Antony Hamilton
in the Gallery's
collection.
Antony Hamilton, born 1955, Black Opal, 1996, leather back pack, feral cat pelts, plastic key ring, oil cloth anorak. Faulding 150 Anniversary Fund for South Australian Contemporary Art 1999  
 

detail: Antony Hamilton
Australia, born 1955
Raddle
1984, Adelaide
jute woolpack, dry raddle (red ochre), horse grease,
steel pack hooks, jute binding
Father Owen Farrell Bequest Fund 1987
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
© Art Gallery of South Australia

 

Antony Hamilton
Australia, born 1955
Black opal
1996, Adelaide
leather back pack, feral cat pelts, plastic key ring,
oil cloth anorak
100.0 x 55.0 x 30.0 cm
Faulding 150 Anniversary Fund for South Australian
Contemporary Art 1999
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide