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I work mainly on intimate, small-scale paintings in oil.  My recent work is inspired by an investigation into filmic qualities in painting.

I  use low-resolution photographs as source material for my work, as this allows me to explore the missing details during the painting process.  I use many of the techniques found in photography and film, such as close-ups, cropping, and framing to create a more fragmented composition.  This disconnect between the original photo and the painting treatment creates a strangeness to the subject matter that I am interested in.

People are notably absent from my work but a human presence is felt by the elements within the paintings; these range from wartime relics and ancient stone monuments to garden paddling pools.

Susan Hamer 2024

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