Accomplished painter and multi-media artist Amanda Hamilton joined
Surel’s Place for a residency in March of 2016. Hamilton’s work at the time was focused on painting and explores landscape, the materiality of paint, and darkness as both subject and object. Her paintings exhibit a unique blend of traditional and experimental approaches, combining representational with abstract or alternating between the two.
With an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California, Hamilton works in painting, drawing and video. After living in Boise for eight years, working as an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Friesen Gallery at Northwest Nazarene University, Hamilton went on to become Associate Professor of Art at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota, where she currently lives. Hamilton attended a workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado, and completed a residency at Vermont Studio Center. She was a finalist for the Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists in 2015. Hamilton’s work has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo exhibitions, and was included in the book 500 Paper Objects curated by Gene McHugh.
During her time at Surel’s Place, Hamilton Hosted two events. The first was a workshop entitled “MARK MESS PLAY : Image and Experimentation.” During this workshop, participants experimented with the materiality of paint using fast-paced painting techniques and image play. Hamilton taught speed-response exercises that she utilizes in her own studio practice. The second was an exhibition and art talk, where Hamilton exhibited and talked about the new work she created during her residency.