John Hamilton

My work depicts figures in various disguises or costumes. They centre around figures in (mis) adventurous situations.

There is a continuous theme of role-play, with a theatrical element. They are sometimes story-based, and always told with a touch of humour and a sense of loyalty.

I like to compare the work to stills from a play or a film. A snap shot from a photograph album. A captured moment. What has happened before it or what happens next, only the viewer knows.

Every picture tells a story, but I want you to be the storyteller – I want you to decide what is happening. Some of the characters appear mysterious and sinister, while others appear to be relaxed and at ease, but it is not always easy to tell