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Woman into Fox
Julia was born in 1962 and trained at Exeter University, before gaining a printmaking postgraduate diploma at Central St Martins. She graduated in Fine Art Painting from City and Guilds School of Art, London in 2002, gaining an MA there in 2012. She has exhibited with Flowers Gallery and Long & Ryle, as well as St Anne’s Galleries.
Her work received Sir Peter Blake’s prize of ‘Most Outstanding Piece of Work’ in Originals 08 (Mall Galleries). She has been selected for the Painter Stainers exhibition (City of London) and was selected by Eileen Cooper RA for inclusion in the Summer Exhibition (Royal Academy). Her work is in the permanent collection of The Geffrye Museum, London.
She writes: 'art is about transformation, an alchemical interaction,’ she says. ‘An artist turns paint into painting. For me, that is the joy of the act of making and looking at painting - the delight of recognition, an emerging image juxtaposing itself with the awareness of the surface, the brushstrokes and the paint itself.’
‘Julia Hamilton is fascinated by image. By the idea of image and the faces we present to the world. Whether peering from a veil, the brim of a hat or the burlesque comedy of a pair of rabbit’s ears, her paintings are populated by women in the act of presenting themselves as objects. Objects, not of desire or judgment, but of projection. The shadow play of the ego. Poker faced enigmas hiding behind masks… From portraits at a Tudor Court to a paparazzi scrum on the red carpet…’ Grant Fulton