Susie Hamilton: Paintings From Poetry

IMG_8860-Edited.jpgSusie Hamilton, Paintings from Poetry. Installation shot at Hammersmith Hospital.

Imperial Health Charity is delighted to present an exhibition of paintings by Susie Hamilton.

London-based artist Hamilton explores ideas of wilderness in her work, either physical or metaphorical – and the possibility of transformation this setting can present. Drawing on subjects as diverse as creative writing, poetry, animals or polar exploration, Hamilton works with oils and acrylics as well as drawing in pastel and chalks to create powerful gestural glimpses of a moment in time, or sometimes subtle dreamlike scenes in washes of thinly built up colour.

For this display, the arts team at Imperial Health Charity worked with the artist to select works inspired by her love of literature. Much of Hamilton’s painting is based on literature, especially writing in which the supernatural intrudes on the life of its characters. So, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest have all inspired series of work.


Gawain 1.JPGSusie Hamilton, Gawain, 2021, acrylic on canvas. © Susie Hamilton.


Susie Hamilton studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art and read English Literature at London University where she gained a PhD in Shakespeare studies. She lives and works in London and is represented by Paul Stolper Gallery.

Since 2018 she has worked with Hospital Rooms Art and Mental Health Charity painting murals in psychiatric units. In 2022 she made three large paintings for the central staircase of Springfield Hospital, Tooting.

Her COVID-19 drawings and paintings have been bought by The Government Art Collection, The British Museum, The Science Museum and Imperial Health Charity. A monograph of her work is to be published by Anomie Publishers next year.