Hamish Blakely has always loved painting people, favouring glimpses of figures and anatomy. Even in the enormous, allegorical works of classical masters, he has always been drawn to confined areas of a piece - a spot lit area that reveals a rigid jaw line or the twist in a turned neck.
Hamish’s portrayal of light against texture, his mastery of technique and composition, combined with his ability to evoke a mood that we can share in, all assure his place among the great masters.
Some of Hamish’s most evocative paintings are collaborations between artist and model, and it is the complete alignment of Hamish and his muse, Gail, which breathes love and intimacy into these figurative paintings. Van Gogh once said, “What is done in love is well done”, and this is what we are privileged to see at work in Hamish’s pieces.