Drawn from a period of uncertainty Sabrina Rowan Hamilton’s paintings both quantify and dissimilate
our sense of home. Floating geometric forms and benevolent versions of Bacon’s cages offer fleeting
security, the viewer must settle with the strangely reassuring yet shifting compositions. However,
unlike Bacon’s, they are profoundly non-violent works, as a Buddhist, they are rooted in the belief of
being able to transform ones environment through purification of the mind.
Through the act of painting she attempts to make sense of the uncertain times we live in; to find a safe
place to be in an unsafe world. She is also heavily influenced by the art philosophy of Joseph Beuys; his
humanism, and his belief in the potential for social and spiritual transformation through art works.
Sabrina undertook her first two years of training in Japan, from 85-87, going on to gain her degree at
City and Guilds, followed by an MA there eight years later. She has exhibited all over the world from
London and Los Angeles, to Hong Kong. Despite her extensive training, for Sabrina painting is a natural
and instinctive act; an act of translation. She often continues to work on canvasses on and off for years
and will have many paintings on the go simultaneously.
Her paintings are more than the sum of their parts; they are reflections and refractions of home. The
finished canvasses are not themselves an end point or conclusion but the transition of meaning captured in
paint. They are an open narrative and a meditation on the acceptance of uncertainty.