David Hamilton: Boat as Metaphor

A tale of two rivers: Paris to Hobart

Tasmanian artist, David Hamilton's exhibition explores the boat as a metaphor for human experience. The exhibition includes cast bronze and aluminium sculptures accompanied by a collection of working drawings completed during a residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris.

Hamilton drew inspiration from his surroundings as he moved through the narrow streets of the Marais district and travelled along the Seine by boat. Observing the distinctive skyline of the city with its churches, domes, spires and chimney pots he was particularly taken with the numerous boats, of all shapes and sizes, that travelled along the Seine.

On his return to Tasmania Hamilton developed a series of sketches then followed with a suite of allegorical cast forms commenting on social, environmental and political issues. This exhibition of sculpture and related drawings from the artist’s sketchbook brings together a selection of works of a maritime nature using the boat as a metaphor for broader human concerns.

Hamilton was born and educated in Hobart. For 30 years, until 2002, he was Head of Sculpture at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. Over the last 20 years David has exhibited in over 60 selected group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas. His work is represented in various university, public, corporate and private collections internationally.  

Until 14 November 2021