Anthea Hamilton

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Anthea Hamilton, 2018

Anthea Hamilton (born 1978) is a British artist who graduated from the Royal College of Art [1] and one of four shortlisted for the 2016 Turner Prize and was responsible for the show's most popular exhibit, Project For Door.[1][2] She is known for creating strange and surreal artworks and large-scale installations.

Hamilton was born in 1978 in London, where she lives and works.[3] Her exhibitions have included Sorry I'm Late at Firstsite.

In 2017 she became the first black woman to be awarded a commission to create a work for Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries, and according to Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain's director, Hamilton has made a "unique contribution to British and international art with her visually playful and thoughtful works".[4][5] Her sculptures feature collage-like images which reuse images from her previous works.[6]

Early life[edit]

Hamilton was born in London, and expressed no interest in becoming an artist as a child. She told her mother at an early age that she wanted to be an accountant, because of her love for math.[2]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2009: Calypsos (in collaboration with Nicholas Byrne), Studio Voltaire, Zoo Art Fair, London, UK, Anthea Hamilton, Ibid Projects, London, UK
  • 2009: Spaghetti Hoops (curated by Jill Gasparina and Caroline Soyez-Petithomme), La Salle de bains, Lyon, FR
  • Turnhalle (Gymnasium), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, DE
  • 2008: Gymnasium, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007: Anthea Hamilton and Thomas Kratz, Mary Mary, Glasgow, UK
  • 2007: Cut-outs, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2007: Art Statements Art Basel 38, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2006: Solo Presentation, Liste 06: The Young Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2005: How Deep is Your Love?, Vision On, London, UK


  1. ^ a b Mark Brown. "Turner prize 2016 shortlist features buttocks sculpture and choo-choo train". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Iqbal, Nosheen (2018-03-20). "Anthea Hamilton on how she plans to top her Turner prize buttocks". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  3. ^ "Anthea Hamilton - Artist's Profile - The Saatchi Gallery". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ Anny Shaw, "Anthea Hamilton becomes first black woman to be awarded Tate Britain commission – The London-born artist follows Cerith Wyn Evans and Pablo Bronstein taking up the Duveen Galleries commission", The Art Newspaper, 11 December 2017.
  5. ^ Adrian Searle, Anthea Hamilton review – gourds move in mysterious ways at Tate Britain", The Guardian, 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ British Art Show 8. Colin, Anna,, Yee, Lydia,, Leeds Art Gallery. London, UK. 2015. ISBN 9781853323317. OCLC 930770870.CS1 maint: others (link)