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Born in Nigeria, West Africa, Ken Hamilton returned to Ireland at the age of eleven where he eventually went to Art College in Belfast. Rejecting the trends of so-called contemporary art, he has sought to restore some of the ancient values of painting now discarded by so many.
The subjects of Hamilton’s paintings almost invariable consist of the female form, and most commonly portraiture. He employs traditional painting techniques and classical rules regarding. Ken has spent a considerable amount of time researching the techniques, mediums and pigments of the old masters which can be clearly seen in the gold grounds of some of his paintings.
“I want my paintings to be contemporary and also timeless; realistic yet representing an unreal world; almost touchable but totally beyond our reach; as plain as day but still mysterious” - Ken Hamilton.