Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton grew up in Caithness, Scotland. He studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, after qualifying, he spent 6 months recording the plants on the uninhabited island of Stroma, creating his first photogram images. This began a 40 year journey exploring connections to plants and landscape. His work was shown throughout Europe with the exhibition ‘The Peace Rose and the Pursuit of Perfection’. He also collaborated with a centre for plant research at the University Hohenheim Stuttgart on the use of plants as bio indicators, shown at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in 2002.  From 2002 to 2007 he worked on creating a multi-screen moving image installation based on natural landscapes, in partnership with Richard Ashrowan. These works have been exhibited at the Threshold Artspace in Perth, Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Fabryka Sztuki in Poland. In 2008 a major showing of his photogram images, ‘Blue Flora Celtica’, was presented at the Foksal Gallery Warsaw.  In 2009 he completed a one year residency programme at Brantwood, responding to Ruskin’s ideas on ecology and botany, with funding from The Leverhulme Trust. This work was shown at Brantwood, Lancaster University and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In 2010 he completed a Darwin Now project funded by the British Council, working with the Centre of Behavioural Ecology University of Poznan. The work was shown at the Muzalewska Gallery Poznan. The Highland Council are touring an exhibition of his photograms to venues in the North of Scotland in 2011.