Contemporary Figurative Painter

October Still Life

Clova Stuart-Hamilton trained at the Ruskin and the Royal Academy Schools in the 1980s, winning a number of major prizes and scholarships. She has shown extensively in London: Sue Rankin Gallery, Cadogan Contemporary, Burlington Fine Art, Darren Baker Gallery and regularly at the Mall Galleries (NEAC and RBA Annual Exhibitions) and in Oxford, where she has found many collectors. Shows in East Anglia, the Southern counties and Edinburgh have taken her work further afield in the UK; whilst overseas she has found buyers in the US, Hong Kong, in France where she sometimes exhibits and in Sweden. 
Always working from life, her commitment to drawing and intense scrutiny of the subject can be traced back to a rigorous training at The Ruskin and the Royal Academy Schools in the 1980s and, in particular, to the teaching of the painters, Jane Dowling and Peter Greenham. Although most visible in her uncommonly large and searching pencil drawings, and the rhythmic and assertive oil pastels, the primacy of drawing underpins all the painted work.
The paintings in oil, gouache, watercolour and the seductive but rarely used medium of distemper (a combination of warm organic glue and pigment) probe worlds of unusual and distinctive colour harmonies; whether more muted and subtle, as in the French Interiors, the Winter Flower Compositions and the watercolours or rich and sensuous, as in the Bengali, Ottoman and Moroccan Still lifes and Music Room Interiors, as she responds to the particular mood and atmosphere of a subject.
Her choice of motif, often a fusion of interior and still life, reflects an admiration for the French painters Chardin, Cézanne, Bonnard and Vuillard and the Scottish artist Anne Redpath, but also mirror a life spent with a family of musicians in Oxford and a great love of travel, architecture and foreign cultures.
April 2019