Painting Artist Inspiration – Richard Hamilton

Artist Influences, Studio, Uncategorized

‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?’ (1956)

Interior 1964-5 by Richard Hamilton 1922-2011

‘Interior’ (1964-5)

Just what is it that makes today's homes so different? 1992 by Richard Hamilton 1922-2011

‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different?’ (1992)

Richard_Hamilton-Interior II

‘Interior II’ (1964)


I am inspired by the work of Richard Hamilton, especially the way he manipulates interior space through his photomontage works. Interested in using a form of interior space in my own piece, I wanted to explore how photomontage could represent a room. Much like a person collects objects throughout their lives, the role of the photomontage artist is to collect images to collate an image of everyday life. I am inspired by this idea of collection and reappropriation, and I admire the way Hamilton uses items of cultural resonance in his work to draw the viewer in with the multitude of amalgamated references. I am also interested in the way Hamilton uses angles to represent the 3D nature of the space, however the act of collage creates a certain flatness which exposes the true form of the fictional room. I appreciate the look of this flatness, as it creates a veneer somewhat separating the image from a sense of reality, alienating the viewer, much like the overwhelming emotions of loss. I feel the themes of my piece would lend themselves well to an element of flatness in my work.

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