Photo: Susanna Carlisle
Jamie Hamilton's work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe and the Lindner Project Space in Berlin. Hamilton grew up in Santa Fe, NM, where he studied classical piano for thirteen years with proteges of Claudio Arrau and Arthur Rubinstein. He holds a BA from Bard college in New York and an MFA from Transart University in Berlin. A climber since the age of eight, Hamilton has explored the Himalayas, Alps, Canadian Rockies but most enjoyed climbing El Capitan. Building wood, concrete and steel structures for Judy Pfaff, working with Tom Joyce and Bruce Nauman, and as a rigger in the entertainment world have solidified a knowledge of material and working processes that informs his artwork. Drawing from a varied background in sport, music and building, Hamilton's interdisciplinary work arises from curiosity about the limits of the body, knowledge and materials. Described by ARTnews as a “free-wheeling modern-day Leonardo,” Hamilton makes an art of pursuing balance in precarious circumstances, evoking both mythic themes and contemporary dilemmas.