My practice is driven by a lifelong interest in field observation, scientific discovery with a prominence in exploring the liquid mechanics of water. I believe it is my role to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large,  a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world; spanning sculpture, painting, photography, film, lighting and installation. Not limited by the architectural confines of the art world, my practice engages the broader public sphere through interventions within natural landscapes and civic spaces alike, arts education, policy-making, issues of sustainability and ecocide.


Since the very beginning I am still deeply connected to an analogue process, producing works underwater on large format film plates without the use of post production. Since 2013 all prints are unique, with no editions ever to be released.



Alexander James Hamilton

Born 1967, London



05-2019     –    'Breaking the plastic habit' site specific installation climate change week; Canary Wharf, London.

05-2018     –    'Visions from the shoreline' Dellasposa Gallery, London.

08-2017     –    'Death of the dream' Dellasposa Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London.

05-2017     –    'All icons are false' D-Contemporary Gallery, London.

05-2016     –    'The illusion of oil'  Ekaterinburg, Russia.

01-2015     –    'Oil + Water' IX sculptural works created & installed in the forests of Siberia.

10-2014     –    'VanitasCafe Royal London. 2nd Oct 2014 until 2nd Jan 2015.

04-2014     –    'Rastvorennaya Pechal'  Triumph Gallery, Moscow.

04-2013     –    'Intersection' hosted by Patrick Barstow & Peter Simon, founder of  The Monsoon Collection.  

05-2012     –    'A beautiful announcement of death' Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery, London.

05-2010     –    ‘Taxi’  Ann330 Gallery, Los Angeles.

04-2010     –    ‘Tokyo Green’  Conningsby Gallery, London.

09-2009     –    ‘Space & Time’  London.

01-2008     –    ‘Working Water’ RCP Gallery, Sydney.

09-2006     –    ‘Flight' The Boiler House, Shanghai.

11-2004     –    ‘Shift’ 109 Building, Shibuya, Tokyo. 

08-2003     –    ‘No Logo’ Maison Bastille, Paris.  

08-2002     –    ‘The Colour Candy’ Sydney.

09-2000     –    'Flesh & Foliage' Loft 56, New York

07-1999     –    'Liquid Mechanics' 18 installation works mapping Kent chalk streams.

01-1996     –    'Defluxio' deviation plinths installed in Los Angeles floodwater causeway.

12-1995     –    'Dreams walking past' Guerrilla exhibition installation Fifth Avenue, New York.

02-1990     –    ‘Flight’ London.

09-1987     –    'Parking For Free' Guerrilla exhibition, Canal Street, New York car park across 3 levels.

02-1986     –    'Intervened' 20 underwater installation works mapping Caribbean endangered reef hotspots.

07-1985     –    'Under the surface' documenting tourisms effect offshore. National Pantheon, Dominican Republic.


GROUP SHOWS (selected)

05-2019     –    'Dark Vat' artist residency exhibition. Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

09-2018     –    'Site Unseen' Dellasposa Gallery, London.

09-2017     –    Contemporary Still Life, City of London Guildhall Sept17 to Apr18.

05-2017     –    'Ars Moriendi' Dellasposa Gallery.

02-2017     –    Museum of Contemporary Art 'Vanitas' in 'Narte Morte'. The Four Domes Pavilion, Warsaw.  

04-2016     -    'Reinvigorating the still life' Konsthallen Bohuslän Museum, Sweden.

06-2015     –    'Natre Morte' Hå Gamle Prestegard Museum exhibition, Stavanger, Norway

08-2014     –    Photo Shanghai with Valérie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing.

12-2011     –    ‘Iconoclasts’ Lloyds Club, London.

10-2011     –    'The House Of The Nobleman' London, Curated by Victoria Golembiovskaya. 

06-2011     –    ‘Still Even’ Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery, London.

10-2010     –    ‘You Are Here’  Flaere Gallery, London.


PROJECTS (selected)

04-2019     –    'Dark Vat' artist residency hosted for 15 artists in an old photographic paper factory in Siberia.

10-2018     –    20 works donated to fund a community PET & HDPE plastic recycling facility, Maldives, July 2018.

02-2018     –    2018 artist residency offered to glassmaker Zachery Cincotta (USA).

10-2017     –    Relocated to Baa Atol, Maldives creating a collection of installations, photograms & texts.

10-2016     –    Launch of secure legacy artwork authentication through US-Copyright Office & BlockChain

01-2016     –    Three Films released from the 2015 artist residency. 

07-2015     –    Artist Residency Program, 8 artists working from the London studio during August 2015.

01-2015     –    Studio relocates to Siberia to create a new body of work 'Oil + Water'.

12-2014     –    Artist talk 'Deconstructing Flow Practice', Cafe Royal, London.

09-2014     –    Artist residency placement offered to Russian painter Alex Kuznetsov.

11-2013     –    Studio relocates to the 'Red October' chocolate factory, Moscow to create 'Rastvorennaya Pechal'.

03-2012     –    'Tokyo Taxi' published by Merrell, photography & texts (2002 - 2012) Alexander James.

05-1995     –    Designed, fabricated & distributed salt to fresh water solar stills to remote island nations.

07-1986     –    9 month kayak expedition, Maldives, distributing aluminium can crushers to stop island pollution.


05-2019     -    Art Critic Oksana Budulak talks to Roman Mineyev from Makers of Siberia about 'Dark Vat'.

04-2019     -    Sobaka Magazine visit to meet the artists during the Siberian residency.

03-2019     -    Cultura24 film exploring with the artists inside the Dark Vat Studio.

02-2018     -    Vernon Press, USA publish 'Animae' interviews collated by Emma Coccioli.

08-2017     -    Camilla Apcar interview 'Deep Water' published in Luxury London

08-2017     -    Interview with ArtNet How to continue to challenge our understanding of the photographic medium.

08-2017     -    Jessica McBride, of Dellasposa Gallery exploring history behind artists working with flag motifs.

05-2017     -    interview with ArtNet. How can water be a medium?.

02-2017     -    article 'Studio as laboratory' published in issue 13 AfterNyne Magazine.

07-2016     -    article 'The butterfly effect' Christie's International Magazine.

06-2016     –    article 'Dancing with butterflies' by Tricia Divets of Private Air Magazine.

01-2016     –    Philistine Magazine 'Pure Process' article with Crista Leonard & Dominic Perry.

12-2015     –    Russia Today TV 'Immersed In Moscow' TV documentary on  ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’.

12-2015     –    'Portrait of an artist' article by Eloise Stevens.

09-2015     –    article 'Chaos In Residence' by Eloise Stephens exploring the artist residency.

08-2015     –    article FOUR Magazine's Arts Editor, Eva Luis Schwatz.

06-2015     –    'OIL + WATER' shortlisted for ‘Environmental photographer of the year 2015’ award. 

01-2015     -    Four Magazine 'Malerisch Fotografiert' article with Arts Editor, Eva-Luise Scharwz.

11-2014     –    Laissez Faire Arts article 'Ophelia & The Chocolate Factory' written by Britt Pflüger.

09-2014     –    'Deutche Welle' broadcast EuroMax TV's studio visit to explore the underwater process.

08-2014     -    Anna Mcnay, Arts Critic for Studio International discussing Russia.

07-2014     –    Josh Sims from Billionaire Magazine interview with discussions of Russia.

06-2014     –    article 'An Englishman in Moscow' by arts correspondent, Sophie Jane Newstead for Bric Magazine

04-2014     –    arts correspondent for the The Global Panorama Jess Rayner article 'Underwater Installation Art

03-2014     –    professor Andrei Tolstoy; née Leo Tolstoy critical text for  'Rastvorennaya Pechal'.

03-2014     -    Royal Photographic Society, '1st British artist in 30 years to prepare like this within Russia'.

02-2014     –    Voice Of Russia. Radio interview, London.

01-2014     –    FAD Arts Editor Kimberly Brown; article discussing my relocation to Russia.

11-2013     –    Blouin Arts, Moscow Arts Editor, Nastassia Astrasheuskaya article. 

10-2013     –    Thames & Hudson publish 'Natre Morte'  with key Vanitas works & texts by Dr Michael Petry.

08-2013     –    Moscow Times, Arts & Culture Editor Garrison Golubock interview on 'Art & Russia'. 

05-2013     -    The Positive, Arts Correspondent Hannah Tyrell discuss 'Behind the art'.

04-2013     –    The Independent, Matlida Battersby investigates the exhibition 'Intersection'.

03-2013     –    Article by Bob Chaundry, Arts Editor of the Huffington Post.

01-2013     –    'Dead Or Alive' Gavin Lucas, Arts Editor of Creative Review deconstructs 'Glass'.

12-2012     –    Sunday Telegraph Newspaper, 'Panorama In The Arts' Section explores 'Glass'.

03-2012     –    'Tokyo Taxi' book published by Merrell, photography & texts (2002 - 20012) Alexander James.

09-2010     –    AOP Association Of Photographers IMAGE Magazine; cover article exploring 'Fusion'.

06-2010     –    article 'Fusion' by Academic John Routledge.


MEDIA LINKS (selected)

04-2019     -    Sayan Film Documentary, Dark Vat.

03-2019     -    Cultura24 filmed the artists of the Dark Vat residency.

02-2017     -    'Studio as laboratory' published in issue 13 AfterNyne Magazine.

01-2016     –    Film 'Shifting Parameters' released.

01-2016     –    Film 'Water Light' released.

12-2015     –    RTV Television Documentary 'Immersed in Moscow'.

04-2014     –    M24 Television interview at opening of Moscow Solo Exhibition ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’.

02-2014     –    Voice Of Russia. Radio interview, London.

02-2014     –    PRIVET Television interview given in the ‘Red October’ studio. Moscow.

09-2014     –    Deutche Welle, EuroMax television interview, studio, London.

01-2014     –    Laissez-Faire’s Arts Editor Britt Pfluger, article 'Process & Russia'.

12-2012     –    'Intersection' Film I, studio, London.

03-2012     –    'Tokyo Taxi' published by Merrell, photography & texts (2002 - 20012) Alexander James.


CATALOGUES (selected)

- PhotoGrams donated to fund a community-led plastic recycling facility for remote island nations

- Death of the dream

- All icons are false

- Transparency of a dream


- Rastvorennaya Pechal (English & Russian text)

- Vanitas (Russian text)

- Vanitas (English text)

- A beautiful announcement of death

- Swarm