SALA Featured Artist - Antony HAMILTON
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.
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