Andrew Hamlet

Born in Australia in 1971, Andrew matriculated with art as a subject, but completed science degrees at the Melbourne University and University of Stellenbosch to further his career as an environmental scientist. A decision to produce art on a full-time basis in 2014, was supported by art classes with acclaimed artist and teacher Ricky Burnett. Currently continuing his teachings with Michael Smith in Johannesburg, he has also periodically been mentored by Les Cohn (Artsource). 

Having participated in various group exhibitions between the years of 2014 - 2017,  Andrew held his debut solo exhibition 'A Study of Light' at the White River Gallery in 2018, opened by Johan Myburg.

Andrew Hamlet explores aspects of the landscape genre through a dialogue of dark and light, cold and warmth, distance and closeness, uncertainty and hope. Captivated by a series of visits to the Lowveld spanning two years, the artist was inspired to paint aspects of his journey through the Schoemanskloof Valley into Nelspruit, and beyond. Noting that the light in the Lowveld possesses a unique quality, especially when the sun is close to the horizon, Hamlet captures the ethereal liquidity of first and last light and its impact on landscape.  His artwork transcends the representational picture-perfect image, as we are drawn into familiar scenes on a deeper, more emotional level.

Reminiscent of impressionism and romanticism, Hamlet juxtaposes strong sweeping brush strokes to depict massive granite monoliths, merging with rapid and smaller brush dabs to reveal the richness of our vegetation. Other subject matter includes cityscapes, street scenes and portaiture. 

Andrews work was exhibited at the RMB Turbine Art Fair in 2018 and 2019. His work is represented by White River Gallery, Gallery 2 and Dawid Ras.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Hamlet

Exhibitions

The latest exhibitions from the artist.

A study of light

A study of light

Andrew Hamlet
White River Gallery
14 Apr 2019 - 05 May 2019

A study of light

Say Africa

Say Africa

Laurel Holmes, Ingrid Uys, Andrew Hamlet, Mariana Zwaan, Karin Daymond, Walter Voigt, Erica Schoeman, Eric Eatwell, James De Villiers, Lynette van Tonder, Rene Eloff, Gerrie van Tonder, Winston Thekiso, Sue Martin, Wendy Sippel, Noeleen Kleve , Marina Louw, Michael Heyns, Anton Smit, Tony Fredriksson, Willem Pretorius, Anna Kirsten, Gwen Miller, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Lebohang Sithole, Braam van Wijk, Sizwe Khoza, Linda Pretorius, Pat Sithole, Nelsa Guambe, Jonathan Kassel, Elise Buitendag, Bongi Bengu, Odette Saayman, Annelie Odendaal, Daryl Nero, Valinda Lombard, Elizabeth Tristram, Maria Pienaar, Cobus van Bosch, Maria Marais, Coleen Williams, Henriette van Staden, Ewald Esselen, Pete Armstrong, Khulekani Msweli, Phindile Mamba, Thabo Lukhele, M.J. Hill, Jackie Noakes, Ianthe Hudson, Anya Heymans, Lucy Doran, Valinda Lombard, Thelmi, Siphiwe Fokazi, Belinde Fourie, Belinde Fourie, Ian Hertslet, Ian Hertslet, Mimi van der Merwe, Zakkie Eloff, Jennifer Snyman
White River Gallery
30 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

"I may be walking in the streets of a city called London, but the dust on my boots, and rhythm of my feet ...