Bethan Hamilton

Bethan Hamilton’s work is a deconstruction of female sexuality and body image through mark making. She is currently working on an ongoing portrait drawing series, depicting images of female sitters consuming and interacting with a variety of foods. Each portrait is created using donated or found imagery and film stills sourced from online fat positive ‘Feeder’ networks, BBW and Splosh/WAM fetishism websites. Through this body of work Bethan has sought to explore the world of ‘alternate sexualities’, to take a departure from popular culture and spoon-fed notions of beauty. However, instead of finding an online community that promotes alternative body types in a positive light these communities seek gratification through the control, isolation and humiliation of women. By removing the ‘fetish’ element, the food, Bethan’s portraits highlight the women at the centre of these scenes. Biography Bethan Hamilton completed her Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, in 2009. Recent exhibitions include; A Rational Reaction, Dysfunction, UK (2015), 20:20 Print Exchange, Hot Bed Press, UK (2015), In Time, Over Time, neo:gallery22, UK (2014) Snow in Summer, Peek-a-Boo Gallery (2014). Shortlisted for Miniprint Finland, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland (2014), Pushing Print Prize, Pie Factory, UK (2012), neo:printprize, neo:gallery22, UK (2012) and neo:artprize, neo:gallery22, UK (2012). Selected as Print Artist in Residence, The Bluecoat, UK (2014) and AA2A Artist in Residence, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2011). Bethan lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Splosh! (Yoghurt) #1
Pencil on paper
53 x 36 cm 
2016
£750 (framed)
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Splosh! (Yoghurt) #2
Pencil on paper
53 x 36 cm 
2016
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Splosh! (Yoghurt) #3
Pencil on paper
53 x 36 cm 
2016
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Splosh! (Yoghurt) #4
Pencil on paper
53 x 36 cm 
2016
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Splosh #1
Pencil on Paper
29 x 21cm
2015
£290 (framed)
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Splosh #3
Pencil on Paper
29 x 21cm
2015
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Burger Girls
Pencil on Paper
21 x 17cm
2014
£175 (unframed)
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Ice Cream Girl #2
Pencil on Paper
15 x 10cm
2014
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Untitled #1
Pencil on Paper
13 x 13cm
2014
£150
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Untitled #2
Pencil on Paper
13 x 13cm
2014
£150
Untitled #3
Pencil on Paper
13 x 13cm
2014
£150
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Sausage pt. I & pt. II
Pencil on Paper
55 x 42cm
2014
£400 each
Octopus
Pencil on Paper
53 x 42cm
2014
£350 (framed)
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Cake
Pencil on Paper
53 x 42cm
2013
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Ice Cream II
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53 x 42cm
2013
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Ice Cream I
Pencil on Paper
53 x 42cm
2013
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Burger
Pencil on Paper
53 x 42cm
2013
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Porridge
Pencil on Paper
53 x 42cm
2013
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Vodka Girl
Pencil on Paper
21 x 17cm
2013
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Banana Girl
Pencil on Paper
21 x 17cm
2013
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Milk Shake Girl
Pencil on Paper
21 x 17cm
2013
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Hot Dog Girl
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21 x 17cm
2013
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CV 

Education
2009      MA Fine Art: Drawing, University of the Arts London (UK)
2008      BA (Hons) Visual Arts, University of Salford (UK)

Grants & Residencies
2014      Print Studio Residency, The Bluecoat, Liverpool (UK)
2012      Sketch-O-Matic Micro Residency, Cornerhouse, Manchester (UK)
2011      AA2A, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
2011      Sketch-O-Matic Micro Residency, Cornerhouse, Manchester (UK)

Prizes & Awards
2014       Miniprint Finland (shortlisted), Hyvinkää Art Museum (FI)
2012       Pushing Print Prize (shortlisted), Pie Factory, Margate (UK)
2012       neo:printprize (shortlisted), neo:gallery22, Bolton (UK) 
2012       neo:artprize (shortlisted), neo:gallery22, Bolton (UK)

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions
2015       A Rational Reaction, Dysfunction, Strathaven (UK)
2014       Bethan Hamilton Artist in Residence, The Bluecoat, Liverpool (UK)
2014       PAPER #12: Party Favours, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (UK)
2011       Coleoptera, The Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton & Hove (UK)
2007       Carnival, University of Salford (UK)

Group Exhibitions
2015       20:20 Print Exchange 2014, Hot Bed Press, Touring Exhibition (UK)
2014       WCA Reunion, Galeria-Atelier Metamorfose, Porto (PT)
2014       Snow in Summer, Gotham Studios, Perth (AUS)
2014       20:20 Print Exchange 2013, Hot Bed Press, Touring Exhibition (UK)
2013       neo:presents, neo:gallery22, Bolton (UK)
2013       PAPER#10: End of the Line, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (UK)
2013       Through, neo:gallery22, Bolton (UK)
2012       PAPER#3, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (UK)
2012       Future Perfect, neo:gallery22, Bolton (UK)
2012       Access All Areas, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
2012       PAPER Gallery Launch, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (UK)
2012       Sixty Drawings, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (UK)
2012       self:destruct, Broadstone Mill, Stockport (UK)
2011       Manchester Artists Bonfire, Islington Mill, Salford (UK)
2011       Little Benefits, Cultivate Vyner Street, London (UK)
2010       Blue Tigers, Wymer Street, Norwich (UK)
2009       Young Talent 2009, Broadstone Mill, Stockport (UK)
2009       Wimbledon MA Show 2009, London (UK)
2009       Intersections, The Nunnery, London (UK)
2008       Charmeuse: Ladyfest 2008, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester (UK)
2008       Visual Arts Degree Show 2008, University of Salford (UK)
2007       Hopwood Hall Alumni 2005, Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale (UK)
2007       The Devil Made Me Do It, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (UK)

Curated Group Exhibitions
2014       In Time, Over Time, neo:gallery22, Bolton (UK)
2012       NONE, Free For Arts Festival 2012, Manchester (UK)

Art Fairs & Auctions
2015       Sluice_2015, OXO Tower Wharf, London (UK)
2015       PAPER’s 3rd Birthday Auction, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (UK)

2015       Art Copenhagen, Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen (DK)
2015       Kölner Liste, Cologne (DE)
2015       #twitterartexhibit, Moss Library, Moss (NO)
2014       Exchange Rates, Sluice Art Fair, New York (US)
2014       The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)
2014       Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm (SE)
2013       The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)
2012       The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (UK)
2012       Free For Arts Festival 2012: Art Auction, Manchester (UK)
2010       Art Junky, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton & Hove (UK)
2009       Art Junky, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton & Hove (UK)

Publications
Art Copenhagen 2015 Catalogue
neo:printprize 2012 Catalogue
neo:artprize 2012 Catalogue

Editions & Collections
The Bluecoat, Liverpool (UK)
Galeria-Atelier Metamorfose, Porto (PT)