Attic Gallery, a showplace of contemporary art in downtown Camas, is highlighting the works of Earl Hamilton this month. Hamilton spent most of his childhood living in a small cabin in the Oregon woods with his parents Satsuko and George Hamilton, both successful artists. The family lived self-sufficiently on their secluded homestead, painting together in their cabin’s living room. Hauling water, milking goats, collecting eggs from their chickens—and without TV and radio—Hamilton learned self-sufficiency and to trust his own artistic instincts.
Hamilton studied art in high school, where he won a Scholastic Gold Key award for the State of Oregon and a National Gold Medal Scholastic Award for a competition in New York City. He won an art scholarship while studying art at Oregon State University. Hamilton also earned The Grumbacker Award for the Northwest Watercolor Society and the First Place Sweepstake Award for the Watercolor Society of Oregon.
Hamilton’s paintings are filled with a kind of whimsical lightness reflected in images such as castles, children, and animals. He layers acrylics and uses collage materials in many of his abstract works. Hamiltons’s bold and confident paintings—whether abstract or whimsical objects—are at once meditative, mystical, contemplative, and energetic.
Hamilton’s works will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 28. Attic Gallery is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St. in downtown Camas. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. To learn more, visit atticgallery.com.
Above image: detail from “Sifting Tides,” by Earl Hamilton