Q&A Artist and Illustrator John Hamilton

What is your practice? materials? processes? 

I am a painter working with a wide range of materials. My painting is mainly oil on canvas, but I also produce watercolours, large scale drawings, printmaking and mixed media collages. Most recently I have written and illustrated a children’s picturebook, which has been published by the Manchester Museum.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Figurative, narrative, playful, theatrical, memorable.

group hug-watercolour



Do you have any design heroes? 

Artists that have inspired me include Paula Rego, Bonnard, Matisse, Rothko, Sean Scully, Cy Twombly. William Kentridge, Ken Kiff to name a few….

Where is your studio? Pictures?

I am a founder member of Rogue Artists Studio, which was set up in 1995. It is a great studio in the centre of Manchester, behind Piccadilly Station. It now houses over 90 artists in one mill, across three floors. My space overlooks the canal basin, where I watch the geese herons, and ducks play around on the water, a major distraction from doing work! I mainly paint and draw in the studio which is often littered with bits of coloured paper for collages. I have a print press for printmaking which I should use more often…. I do most of my illustration work at home.



Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Coffee, music, painting, drawing, Coffee, sudoku, more drawing, more coffee.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I am trying to get my second book together but other work keeps getting in the way. I am currently visiting Primary and Secondary schools doing illustration workshops based on my first book.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

I will be selling limited edition prints, some watercolours, copies of my children’s book – The Boy Who Really Really Really Loves Lizards – as well as greetings cards. There may be some penguins around somewhere too…



this place won't be wild anymore (no2)


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