Many people have collected my work over the years. As they often buy from galleries I never get to meet them or know who my buyers are. I sometimes get emails from people saying they have pieces of my work and how much they enjoy them. Other times I meet people at exhibitions who will approach me and tell me they have several of my paintings on their walls! It is great when this happens, as it is a great feeling to know that your work has gone on to mean something to others and that they are being well cared for. I wanted to have a section on the website to show collectors with the works on their walls and some words about what the work means to them. If you have one of my pictures - please get in touch!!
I received some photographs from Becky and Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order bassist) a few weeks ago.
I first met Pete and Becky about 18 years ago when Becky invited me to exhibit my work in her interior design shop.
Since then they have brought several paintings. It is great to see them up on their walls and to see how they have displayed them.
I love the one on the dark wall - very daring but works really well - obviously the interior design side coming out!!
'I have fallen in love with John Hamilton's work because having no proper faces, one is drawn towards the body language, which is so very explicit.
My very favourite painting is one I call loyalty. the man, lady, and dog are so very fond of each other and the body language says it all.
I know John has said his works are inspired by his work in mythology, perhaps so, but I just see glorious interpretations of shyness as in the yellow chair painting.
There are so many others that I would like to own and hopefully I shall acquire some in the future.
My visitors, friends and others are gobsmacked by these paintings which makes me feel very privileged as the owner.'
'I've been an ardent collector of John's work for many years. I love these impish goblin creatures and the playful scenes in which they appear.
My collection covers the walls of one of my rooms so everywhere I look, they are hiding, dressing up, fleeing with geese, snuggling on the sofa or stroking the dog.
It's a room of stories, inhabited by smiling creatures brought to life by John's imagination.'
Oil on Primed Board.
'I bought this painting from an exhibition John held at the Wendy J. Levy Gallery in Didsbury in 2001.
For several days I was drawn back to the Gallery by this one picture.
And then it clicked: what I was seeing was a life of complete and compelling altruistic
Thank you' x
Roger Heeley Barnes