Anthea Hamilton Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Anthea Hamilton
The Piano Lesson


Mixed media

200 x 500 x 400 cm

“I was remaking film extracts of well-known Hollywood movies,” Anthea Hamilton says, “and these pieces, such as The Piano Lesson, started life as props. I wanted to make my own narratives, and the objects had a successful enough sense of movement or animation in themselves to render the need to make the film unnecessary. They suggest sets and characters, the cinematic or theatrical and are always composed to be seen from the front just as you would see a stage set. My work hints at particular eras, it’s not old-fashioned, but not contemporary either; they’re in their own time. This piece was particularly inspired by Fernand Leger’s 1921 painting Le Grand Déjeuner, the large feminine wavy form is taken directly from the shape of the women’s hair. Borrowing from an artist’s palette offers a method for a rich, chromatic display. I was looking at bas-reliefs, architecture or ancient Egyptian cartouche characters and hieroglyphics: they look like pictures, but are conveying specific information.”

Anthea Hamilton
Das Buschwoman


Mixed media

134.6 x 48.3 x 53.3 cm
“The skill in my work is more about play, being deft in spotting visual associations of material rather than manipulating them through craft, thinking about the legacy of Surrealism’s connection to everyday objects. In Das Buschwoman I used a roll of woven cane and a swirly ceramic pot as the base; these suggest an idea of refinement and art nouveau. I shop a lot at fleamarkets and I’m interested in objects which have a seductive visual and tactile quality. I try to balance my personal desire for these objects with how I think someone else will react to them. I want to test the validity of clichés, question what iconography can be. The figure could be a black activist, a disco queen, or a clown but to close off the flexibility of the image by making a decision would be a mistake. Her elegant form comes through the juxtaposition of materials. Her nose is made from the end of a baguette and is upturned, her eyes are hidden like she’s closing herself off to you.”
Anthea Hamilton


Mixed media

154 x 50 x 51 cm
I apply the same methodology to my sculptures as making a film. I arrange the elements to create a sense of time and movement. In Olympian I used tourism posters of Athens. They tell of something exotic and ancient, we can associate their deep blue colour with travel. I wanted to make something quite abhorrent that could still be funny and charming. The head, which is a painted polystyrene shop model, has paper eyes and teeth. The hat is a teapot lid, and ends of Sellotape rolls have been put together to make a crass version of the Olympic rings. I like to use things that people know what it’s like to handle and experience for themselves, in a way, letting them know they could do this too – it’s not an alien or elite ideology.
Anthea Hamilton
The Waitress


Mixed media (wood, bread, clamp, rope, apricot, paint)

160 x 250 x 120 cm

“When it was originally exhibited The Waitress was made to be a backdrop for two other pieces I made. At the time I was looking at artists including Matisse, Calder, Gris, and Picasso’s later work. The guitar shapes look like a woman’s body, and also reference Cubist still life painting. Blue, like the cut-out leg, is a recurrent motif in my work. It’s the kind used for special effects in film and television. I don’t really like showing my work in conventional looking gallery spaces as it’s too removed from real life and the idea is that blue-screen blue is even more invisible or neutral than a white cube. I try to display the practical elements in my work: the clamps, for example, allow the viewer to see exactly how things are made, there’s no tricks. The composition looks like a woman lying on her side; her private parts are suggested by decorative pepper shakers, dried apricots and a German laugenbrot. I like using things that will perish; it gives a tempo to the work.”

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Anthea Hamilton's Biography

Born in 1978, London, UK
Lives and works in London.


Saturday Night Fever (working title), IBID PROJECTS, London, UK

Calypsos (in collaboration with Nicholas Byrne), Studio Voltaire, Zoo Art Fair,London,UK
Anthea Hamilton, IBID PROJECTS, London, UK
Spaghetti Hoops (curated by Jill Gasparina and Caroline Soyez-Petithomme), La Salle de bains, Lyon, FR
Turnhalle (Gymnasium), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, DE

Gymnasium, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

Anthea Hamilton and Thomas Kratz, Mary Mary, Glasgow, UK
Cut-outs, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Statements Art Basel 38, Basel, Switzerland

Solo Presentation, Liste 06: The Young Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Athens, IBID Projects, London, UK

How Deep is Your Love?, Vision On, London, UK


Group Show (curated by Rosie Cooper and Ariella Yedgar), Montehermoso,Vitoria, ES

Group Show, Galerie Xippas, Paris, FR
Young London, V22, London, UK
In the Belly of the Whale
 (curated by Ariella Yedgar and Rosie Cooper), works by Adam Chodzko, Côme Ciment, Anthea Hamilton and Jacopo Miliani, Cartel Gallery, London, UK
Freies Material (curated by Martina Schmücker), Weltraum, München, DE
Savage Messiah, Rob Tufnell at Sutton Lane, London, UK
Condensation, Danielle Arnaud, London, UK
Tuck Box, St Giles Church, London, UK

Arcadian Night, Racebrook Lodge, NY State, US
Boyfriend Material, LiangWest with Prem Sahib, London, UK
Art International Radio, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK
Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Bold Tendencies, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK
Bendable Poseable, Anthea Hamilton, Mirabelle Marden & Dana Schutz , Brown Gallery, London, UK
Wunderkammer, me Collectors Room, Berlin, DE

Small Collections, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Remap2, Athens, GR
Le Verite Tropicale, Circuit, Curated by Jill Gasparina and Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, Lausanne, CH

Group Show, IBID PROJECTS (Hoxton Sq), London, UK
M25 Sobre Londres, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain. Curated by Barry Schwabsky
Anthea Hamilton and Thomas Kratz, Parkhaus, Dusseldorf, Germany
Art Now: Strange Solution, Tate Britain, London, UK
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, U

Blackberrying, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Charlotte Thrane & Anthea Hamilton, The Hex, London, UK
Judith, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, USA

Shaking Smooth Spaces, Haptic/Betonsalon at La Generale, Paris, France
the air line, The Reliance, London, UK
Hybrid, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt, Germany
Baroque My World, Transition, London, UK
Video Show, Casa Voyageur, Casablanca, Morocco
FDLA!, The Macbeth, London, UK
Live Screen, Sadlers Wells, London, UK; Charleroi/Danses – Les Ecuries, Brussels, Belgium

Shabu Fraboo, Studio 007, London, UK
His Twines : !WOWOW! , London, UK
Video London, Espai Ubu, Barcelona, Spain. Curated by Keith Patrick and Jennifer Thatcher
Ich Bin Eine Sachenaüfshießse, i-cabin, London, UK
Invasions of Piquancy, Kenny Schachter ROVE, London, UK
SVO5, Studio Voltaire, London, UK. Selected by Enrico David and Catherine Wood
Electric Ladyland, Umformwerk, Berlin, Germany
IBID PROJECTS, Liste 05: The Young Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

Xmas Tree 39, London, UK
POWER! CLAP YOUR HANDS! SUCKER!, Chambers Gallery, London, UK

London Calling, Con|temporary, Berlin, Germany, Curated by Marcus Verhagen
Minimise Culture, Floating IP, Manchester, UK

From Tarzan to Rambo: in Focus, Tate Modern, London, UK
Yas Kra Yas? (Who is Who?), IBID PROJECTS, Vilnius, Lithuania
Hasta La Vista! , The Mission, London, UK
Less is a Bore, Humans Need More! , The Mission, London, UK
No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, The Central Space, London, UK
Fuelling Your Bourgeois Lifestyle From Bad Hair and Bad Teeth, The Mission, London, UK

Immediate 2, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
7/5, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, UK