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Patrick Hamilton

(Belgium, 1974)

Patrick Hamilton studied Art at the University of Chile. His work is characterized by a political interest that promotes the return of Social Figuration to Abstractionism and Conceptual art. With clear references to the avant-garde of the 20th century, the artist develops a critique in which the economy of visual language allows him to present certain incisive ideas without the need for narrative.

The “Abrasive Paintings”, for instance, are made with black, red, yellow or white-colored sandpaper, with which the artist makes geometric patterns, almost always rectangular, alluding to bricks. A design that first appears innocuous hides an aggressive materiality, in a way that contrasts the “coldness” and simplicity of rational design with a strong emotional base. More widely, Hamilton seeks to make connections between these sorts of clashes and the contexts of the countries to which he holds personal links to (Spain and Chile), referring to their social problems and their historical roots.

Thus, through distinct media, from painting to urban interventions, Hamilton centers his reflections upon the analysis of social and political tensions.

The artist currently lives and works between Madrid, Spain, and Santiago, Chile.