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by Jeffrey Hamilton
Haymarket AU
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The Artwork

Detail from a commissioned bathroom window for a private residence in Wamboin, NSW. The work reflects the surrounding countryside

The Artist

Why do you create? Its the thing in life that I most want to do, for my own pleasure and satisfaction and to bring joy to other people, to create beauty in the world.
How do you work? Usually when beginning a new work I will contemplate for some time, gathering my thoughts before putting charcoal to paper. That's the first stage for creating a stained glass window: drawing full size (1:1) in charcoal or graphite. I draw the lead lines and give tonal body and texture to what will be glass. Then begins the glass selection process, next the cutting, then painting and firing if there is any in the particular work and finally the construction. Finishing off includes puttying, cleaning and polishing before the work can be installed or hung.
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how? Naturally. I have changed as a person over time. I'm now 65yrs old, a little wiser, certainly more experienced. I now have the skills and the tools at my disposal that enable me to be spontaneous and create something profound from first draft, when I'm firing on all cylinders.
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? Full time
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time? I work full time as an artist, but I'm not always creating new artwork. I run a small business designing, producing and restoring stained glass windows. Consequently much of my work is commission-based, designed to satisfy a client, a brief, a budget and the constraints of a building while also satisfying my own aesthetic. Challenging but satisfying.
What inspires you? Life, the world around me, music, the creations of other artists.
What is the first piece of art you remember creating? A drawing of a dragon in coloured pencils dancing (flying) across both pages of an open notebook.. I think I was about 7 yrs old.
What does the term art mean to you? Too broad by far to be enclosed by words. Art is music. Art is dancing. Art is living a life of grace. An art object is a distillation of all these things.
Name three artists that you respect? Frank Hinder, Jochem Poensgen, George Roualt
What is your favourite piece of artwork? Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France by Le Corbusier
What is your dream project? To create a magnificent stained glass chapel for the secular devotion of the Universe in one of the large parks of Sydney, NSW
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