Sculptor in bronze and teacher, born in Grundisburgh, Suffolk. Her father was the marine painter John Hamilton, her husband the artist Simon Allison and her great-uncle the bird painter Otto Murray-Dixon. Hamilton spent the first six years of her life in west Africa which had “a profound and lasting experience” on her work. Aged 14, she was impressed by the work of Michelangelo and the Renaissance, Rodin and Degas being other early influences. On leaving school she travelled to Italy where she worked and studied for several months. Hamilton attended Falmouth School of Art, 1968; City and Guilds School of Art, 1970, under James Butler; and Sir John Cass School of Art, part-time, 1979. She trained as a nurse after art school and then began sculpting professionally, teaching life drawing at North Oxfordshire College and at Nuneaton College, also conducting portrait sculpture workshops at the former and privately.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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