Although she often paints figures in a setting, Katherine Hamilton is primarily a landscape painter of skill and inventiveness. Travel is the lifeblood of her art, but if this exhibition ranges from Blackpool to Ghana, Lochinver to Benin, she is also content to paint subjects on her own doorstep, such as North Sea Dawn. She applies her paint thinly, diluted with turps, and seeks a quality of surface that is deliberately reduced, classic rather than romantic. She prefers to concentrate on structure rather than interpretation, and is always aiming to simplify her imagery still further. Already, her work has reached a remarkable harmony in the depiction of such empty buildings as those in African Village (Ghana). She uses oil paint like pastel, with dusty surface overlays entirely appropriate to the subject.
The dynamic of poise and roam in her paintings recalls the fact that she trained as a dancer, but their mysterious quality is entirely a product of her understanding of the potential of paint.
Andrew Lambirth (excerpt from his essay, 'A Compelling Dance of Shapes', for the exhibition catalogue)