An exhibition of paintings by Julia Hamilton and Caroline Yates.
‘Tableau’: ‘A group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.’ Oxford English Dictionary.
Julia Hamilton MA
Julia Hamilton BA, MA (City & Guilds London School of Art) lives and works in London and Deal. She was one of the group’s founding members at Terrace Studios in Hackney, and worked as Head of Printmaking at The Mary Ward Centre in London. She is currently enroled on the Turps Banana Correspondence Course and her current mentor is Geraldine Swayne. Past mentors were Colin Smith and Dan Coombs.
Her work is influenced and drawn from numerous sources from films, vintage magazines, women’s magazines and found photographs. Artists include Marlene Dumas, Chantal Joffe, Genieve Figgis, Paula Rego, Alex Katz, Goya, Max Beckmann alongside films such as Cabaret, The Third Man, Brief Encounter and The Big Sleep.
Dan Coombs has said about her work,‘She is working between two modes, the portrait and the narrative painting. What links the two is that the condition is predominantly fictional. The paintings act out a fantasy world in which character fulfills fictional attributes such as innocence and allure.’
Past shows include: Flowers Gallery, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Transition, APT Creekside, Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Sim Smith, Alicia David, The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, Good Figures curated by Candida Stephens, Long and Ryle, The Lion and Lamb, Terrace, and One Woman show at The Arts Club, Dover St.
Caroline Yates MA(RCA)
Born in 1960, Caroline Yates is a graduate of The Royal College of Art. Following the completion of her MA in 1995, she worked in printed textile design and as an illustrator. She studied fine art printmaking at Camberwell before beginning to paint full time in 2000. Since then she has exhibited internationally through art fairs, and solo shows represented by three galleries: Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, Eastwood Fine Arts in Winchester and Campden Gallery in the Cotswolds. In 2017 she had a solo show “Palimpsest” at Hicks Gallery and had work accepted by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Caroline is probably best known for her crowd or group paintings, depicting clusters of humanity, and exploring semiotics and notions of identity. She engages with the concept of being recognised or classed by appearance or dress.