Constance Hamilton

Enthralled with the mystery of painting as a very young girl, I studied books of reproductions of Rembrandt, Cezanne, Roualt and Utrillo that were stored in the attic, but I didn't come to the actual making of art until I was a young adult. While studying English at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, my formal art education began with one class taught by the sculptor Elliot Offner. The experience held my imagination thru some years of marriage; working at the Art Center College in Pasadena, CA; and then in New York, working at the School of Visual Arts and being a young mother. Finally, finding my way to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn I studied Printmaking and Painting from 1973 to 1976.

A Summer session at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 1974 is where my understanding of painting began. The painter Rudolph Baranik, was teacher and mentor and a very supportive guide as my painting developed over the next year. The work reflected my interest in Minimalism and Geometric Abstraction, and touched on the pure painting concepts of Ad Reinhardt, although at the time I was not aware of his work.

In 1988 I was offered a show at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. My Artist statement included this description "Imposing structures of geometry to contain The chaos and give definition to the field began to imply a sense of relationships by which forms develop and are interconnected with the underlying patterns and intervals. These paintings are about shifting from subjectivity to objectivity and back again-about Measuring the place-seeing how it is now, at this moment, before it moves again."

The current work is from a series begun in 2000. Working abstractly with the many dimensions of the Demeter-Persephone Myth-a story of loss, dispair and transformation - and integrating formal aspects from earlier work, a parallel unfolding of the drawings and paintings has occurred.

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