Monday, December 1, 2008

West Prize Finalist

I am thrilled to share the news that I am a West Prize Finalist. I am one of ten artists selected (from 3600 applicants) for an Acquisitions Award. Please check the West Collection website for more information and to see the ten artists and their works that were selected for the collection.

There will be an exhibition of the "10" at the West Collection in PA in February, 2009 and then the exhibition will travel to Chicago for the NEXT Fair April 30-May 4, 2009. A catalog will also be available. I will post more information about the shows as they get closer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Studio Visit Magazine

The Fall Edition (volumes 3 & 4) represents the results of Studio Visit Magazine's second competition. Studio Visit magazine is a new juried magazine produced by The Open Studios Press which publishes the well known New American Paintings periodical. It was juried by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University. It offers visual artists great exposure as it will be sent to curators and gallerists throughout the country as well as a growing subscriber base of collectors and art enthusiasts. In addition to the current issue and the previous issue, my work will also be in the upcoming Spring 2009 issue!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Laura Ball at Morgan Lehman Gallery

Laura's first New York solo show, Sirens Sing You to Shipwreck, opens Thursday at Morgan Lehman gallery. Unfortunately, I just missed it by a couple weeks.

Show dates are November 13 - December 20, 2008.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New York, New York

I had a fabulous trip to New York. Here are some art highlights.....

Elizabeth Peyton, Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention August 2008

Elizabeth Peyton show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Although I just found out this week that they added an additional painting --something rarely done at a museum show, but given the enormity of Tuesday's election it seemed like a good idea! Sasha and Malia are the perfect age for my if I could just figure out a way to set up a photo shoot with them....

Catherine Opie at the Guggenheim. My favorite room was the Icehouses/Surfers room.

Van Gogh and the Colors of Night at MOMA

Polixeni Papapetrou, Rope

At Foley gallery I was able to see all of the images from the Polixeni Papapetrou show even though I had just missed the show since they were so kind as to pull things out for me since I love her work. (And she is another Australian artist that focuses on girls as subject matter!)

Cecily Brown
at Gagosian. The entire huge gallery was devoted to her work. She happened to be inconspicously viewing the exhibition herself and I recognized her and so went and said hello and chatted to her for a few minutes. She was super nice!

I liked Melanie Votes's small paintings in the back room at DFN gallery.

I went to the PDN Photo Plus Expo/conference and was loving the Canon booth. I have my new lens and camera picked I just need the economy to pick up a little :)

I caught up with Amy Lincoln who was an undergrad at UC Davis when I was working on my MFA. She is currently working on these super cool small paper collages. And then of course out to Brooklyn to see Jack the Pelican.

And I also managed to catch two very different Broadway shows with friends --A Tale of Two Cities, and Young Frankenstein --both excellent.

I missed the Morandi show at the Met since I left it until Friday evening and literally ran out of steam. A drink at the Carlyle was more in order.

And yes that is me below raking leaves in the Poconos at my friend's weekend house!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Photography Exhibition in Frankfurt

I am in a group photography exhibition opening next week at Galerie Schuster in Frankfurt. Click on the image for a larger view and details.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Marie Van Elder Show

Click on image above to read Marie Van Elder's show announcement. I had a sneak peek in her studio two weeks ago and the work looks fabulous --and a lot of large works too. I look forward to seeing the whole show. Her website is coming soon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Laura Ball at Peter Miller Gallery

Laura Ball, Herd, 2008, oil on canvas 70 x 104 in.

If you are in Chicago this month, go see Laura Ball's show at Peter Miller Gallery. Show dates are September 5- October 11, 2008. I really love her work (and she's a friend!). You can see more of her work on her website at

Monday, September 8, 2008

CCBF Auction

I was invited to participate in the CCBF Auction, to be held at Phillips DePury in New York on Monday night September 15th to raise funds for treatment of childhood cancer. There will also be an online auction in coordination with Artnet. There are some wonderful artists to bid on and it is for a wonderful cause so please do take a look!

You can bid online from September 5 -16 by clicking on Artnet Online Auctions.

To learn more about the Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation please visit their website.

Thank you!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New York Magazine blog

I made New York magazine's entertainment blog. Cool!
You can check it out here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Summer Updates

Oops, July got away from me and I realized I haven't posted to my blog since the beginning of the month so here is an update of all the current happenings and upcoming events!

The exhibition, Dangerous Women, opened at DFN gallery in New York last week. You can see all the work in the exhibition on their website as well as more information.

Jack the Pelican Presents had my work at Scope Hamptons this past weekend.

My show at Galerie Schuster in Frankfurt has been extended until August 30, 2008. There was also a short article in the Frankfurt newspaper (Frankfurter Neue Presse) for those who speak German.

Well known art critic, Kenneth Baker, selected one of my photographs for the upcoming Realities and Illusions exhibition at the Marin MOCA. Show dates are August 23 -September 21, 2008.

My photograph, Snowbound, was selected by Julie Saul (Director of Julie Saul Gallery in NYC) for inclusion in The Photo Review 2008 Competition issue which should be published by late October. It also received an honorable mention and thus will be shown in an exhibition this fall at Philadelphia's University of the Arts Gallery with other winners from the competition.

I was selected as a finalist in Photographer's Forum magazine's 28th Annual Spring Photography Contest. Winners will be selected by mid August but over 3000 photographers around the world entered the competition and as a finalist my work will be published in their Best of Photography Annual 2008 later this year. UPDATE 8/22/08: My work won Honorable Mention and so I will also be listed in the Nov/Winter 2008 issue of Photographer's Forum magazine.

I was invited to participate in an auction in NYC this Fall to benefit the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation. The auction will take place at Phillips de Pury & Company on September 15.

And finally, I did manage to visit the Frida Kahlo show at SFMOMA last week which is a fabulous show if you like her work, although it was rather crowded even with timed tickets. There is also a really good exhibition of contemporary chinese art & I also enjoyed the Lee Miller exhibition --so a good time to visit the museum!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Article for

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July Feature Article by Jennifer King:


First in our new series on Good Earth competition winners: How you interpret Deborah Hamon’s paintings of pre-teen girls has a lot to do with what perceptions and experiences you bring to the paintings.

“I’ve found my subject,” says Deborah Hamon with obvious delight, “I feel like I could paint girls for the rest of my life.” Drawing on her own experiences, those of pre-teen girls among her friends and neighbors, and the future experiences of her own daughter, Deborah finds a wealth of ideas surrounding that precious and wondrous time when a girl hovers on the brink of young womanhood. For Deborah, her paintings present an optimistic, yet realistic, outlook on this period of innocence and growth. They are representative of her own life story and her present lifestyle.

However, the artist is completely aware that many people read far more into her paintings. Some regard them as social commentary or perhaps criticism, yet Deborah is relatively unconcerned if people interpret—or even misinterpret—her paintings in ways other than she intended. She’s quite content with the knowledge that her most recent work is simply making people think. And either by a recognition of something familiar or by a sense of contrast to our own lives, we viewers are always provoked by her images to contemplate the conditions and circumstances of that common path to adulthood we all must follow.

Creating Universal Imagery

Deborah has held a long-standing interest in painting girls in the age range of 8 to 13 or so. At first, she says, her paintings were often portraits of girls she imagined in her mind. “The idea came to me when I started thinking about having a baby,” she recalls. “For whatever reason, I just assumed it would be a girl—which it was!—and I began to wonder what she would be like and what kind of woman she would become.” The backgrounds of these early works were typically very simple, with the focus more on the face or single figure.

But as her interests changed and evolved, and her confidence in her skills as an artist increased, Deborah began to paint real girls from photos she shoots herself, and to place these figures in more complex, detailed environments. Over time, a fascinating transformation occurred—in the process of including more information, her paintings went from portraits to universal images. They’re no longer about the specific girls, but rather about how the artist perceives girls and chooses to represent them, and how we as the viewers perceive the presentations.

This means, of course, that these paintings are open to a broad array of interpretations. But of the girls populating her paintings, Deborah says, “Different girls represent different archetypes to me, yet they all have so much in common. They’re so fragile, and their emotions waver from the bravado of extreme confidence, to true confidence, to total insecurity. Many of them are becoming increasingly self-conscious, and they’re aware that people are looking at them and they’re looking back. These girls really want to be grown up, but they don’t want to lose their innocence. They don’t even realize that, but you can see it.”

Because the paintings are so much about behavior, which is mainly exhibited within the context of social interactions, Deborah typically includes two or more figures together in a painting. Yet, she usually positions the girls face forward, making eye contact with us, the viewers. “At first, I like the viewer to look at the work and think the girls are having fun,” she explains, “but then I want you to see that I’m showing you a moment in between the action, a break in the fun, when the mood can go either way. I want there to be some ambiguity.” This is perhaps one of the most evocative qualities in Deborah’s work.

Developing Her Concepts

For models, Deborah usually asks the parents of the girls in her neighborhood or friends who have daughters the right age for permission to work with their girls. If the girls are interested, she’ll often ask them to invite their friends to pose as well, again with the parents’ permission. “Because the girls who are modeling together usually know each other, there is already a natural dynamic taking place among them,” she says.

Sometimes Deborah goes to a photo shoot with a concept already in mind. For example, with High Achiever, the Good Earth Grand Prize Winner, she knew she wanted to somehow incorporate a trophy into the image. At other times, Deborah notes, she goes to the girls’ homes and takes her cues from talking to them about their interests and hobbies, observing what they’re wearing, or looking at their rooms. “Early on, I thought that every painting had to have a big idea or it wasn’t worthy,” she notes, “but now I’m open to exploring even little ideas and seeing where they lead.”

Even more ideas come to her when the girls get in front of the camera and start to interact with her and with each other. When she does have a specific scene she wants the girls to act out, Deborah often likes to let the girls choose which roles they want to play or to give all of the girls an equal chance by acting out the scene several times, with various girls in different roles each time. In these early discussions, the girls’ personalities start to come through, and they become even more pronounced as Deborah shoots hundreds of photos of her models, usually continuing as long as she can hold the girls’ interest in the process.

“I really get the final idea for a painting when I see what I’ve shot in the photographs,” she adds. “One photo usually gives me the basic idea of how the figures will look, but then I usually find more ways to enhance the concept.” Additional figures and particularly the background elements are often borrowed from other photos, which Deborah marries into one digital reference image through the use of the Photoshop program. And while she paints, she may add smaller details that further the message. Again using High Achiever as an example, when she noticed that the girl on the left looked as if she felt she didn’t fit in, Deborah added the white knee socks to make her look even more young and awkward.

Working With Acrylics

Typically working on a colored ground, such as pink or yellow or blue, Deborah then projects the main outlines of her figures and background elements on her canvas. She prefers to use a projector because it allows her to easily scale the image up or down until she finds the perfect balance for the canvas shape and size.

Once she’s transferred the main contour lines to the canvas, she’s ready to begin painting. “Sometimes I’ll work on the background and almost complete it before I do the figures, but then other times I’ll work back and forth, focusing on what I’m most interested in,” she says. “This is one of the things I like best about using acrylics. I can just keep working at something until I start getting the results I want, and I can easily work on several paintings at one time.” Deborah’s method for getting that polished look in her figures is to use very small—as in No. 1—brushes, even on her bigger canvases.

Interestingly, Deborah does not like to see that finished appearance throughout an entire canvas, which is why she often gives elements of the background a more stylized treatment. “I’m just not all that interested in photorealism, which can become monotonous and boring to me,” she says. “What excites me and keeps me interested in a painting is some kind of juxtaposition between an illusionistic quality and a stylized or painterly treatment. I like to see some tension between dimension and flatness, or between realism and symbolism, like the gold outlines I added to the painting called Mermaids.”

Evoking Thought

Many aspects of Deborah’s painting process are open-ended, in that she follows wherever her models and her painting methods lead. Perhaps this is one reason she’s able to create open-ended paintings that can be interpreted on a lot of different levels. “What’s interesting to me is that I don’t plan every nuance of what a painting is going to mean, but I often sit back and see more in a painting when it’s finished,” she says. “For example, I didn’t give Red Arrow a specific narrative as I painted it. Looking at it now, is it simply depicting a fun cowgirl dress-up game that empowers the participants, or is it commenting on the amount of violence that today’s children are exposed to? The viewer can see it many ways.” All we know for sure is that Deborah will continue to put together certain scenarios that are destined to evoke more questions.

Deborah Hamon received a BFA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in 1990 and an MFA in 2002 from the University of California, Davis. In the years since, she has exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions at galleries across the U.S. and internationally, including two simultaneous solo shows at Galerie Schuster’s two Berlin locations. She is currently exhibiting in a two-person show at Galerie Schuster in Frankfurt. Her paintings are now represented in many private and public collections, including the Howard Tullman Collection, Morgan Flagg Collection, UC Davis Shields Library Permanent Collection, Woodland Memorial Hospital, and many more. Originally from Australia, Deborah now makes her home in Marin County, north of San Francisco. She is represented by Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, New York, and Galerie Schuster in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany. To learn more about this award-winning artist, visit

text © 2008 Jennifer King.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

First Place!

The "PaperWorks" Summer National Exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art opened today and I was excited to find out that my two photographs, The Game and Snowbound received the First Place Award. This show was juried by René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California.

I think the show is really strong and it was nice to discover Andrea Land's photographs of young girls. And it is always nice to be in a show with Marie van Elder whose work I have always liked. Hopefully she'll have a website later this year :)

The show closes July 13, 2008.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Frankfurt Opening

My show opened in Frankfurt today and thanks to Michael Werner I got a sneak peek since I wasn't able to be there this time.

You can see more images of the exhibition on Galerie Schuster's website.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Two Way Lens

Michael Werner, a photographer based in Frankfurt, Germany has started a new project called Two Way Lens and asked me to participate. Here's his description of the project:
"Two Way Lens is a project designed to inform and inspire emerging photographers wanting to focus their creative output in a way that enhances their chances of finding an audience, being included in exhibitions and ultimately achieving gallery representation. The journey from inspired artist to successful artist is one that is often difficult to negotiate and hard to control. On these pages, I will feature the experiences and opinions of other photographers who I have found inspiring, and hopefully the knowledge they have built in their own experiences will be valuable to all of us finding our own way to sharing our creativity with the wider world."

You can see my answers to his questions at Two Way Lens.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Summer Exhibitions

My two-person show with Brian Novatny opens next Friday at Galerie Schuster Frankfurt in Germany.
Opening reception: Friday June 13, 2008 at 6pm
Exhibition dates: June 13 - July 26, 2008

I'll have a large photograph in a group show called "Dangerous Women" at DFN Gallery in New York. The show is being curated by John Nickle and the show dates are July 24 - August 29, 2008.

Jack the Pelican Presents will be taking some work to Scope Hamptons. The fair dates are July 24-27, 2008.

And see the previous post for the "PaperWorks" Exhibition details.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Juried Show

I'll have two of my large photographs in the upcoming "PaperWorks" Summer National Exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. This show was juried by René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California. There were more than 650 entries and the juror selected 58 pieces for the exhibition.

Show dates are June 14-July 13, 2008 with a reception on June 14 from 5-7 pm.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Studio Visit Magazine

Studio Visit
magazine is a new juried magazine produced by The Open Studios Press which publishes the well known New American Paintings periodical. Since this was their premier issue, it took longer than anticipated to be released, but it is finally in print and offers visual artists great exposure as it will be sent to curators and gallerists throughout the country as well as a growing subscriber base of collectors and art enthusiasts. Here is an excerpt from the foreword...
"...more than 1000 artists submitted work for our first edition of Studio Visit. Entries came from around the globe and in a variety of media. Our juror, Michael Lash, the former Director of Public Arts for the City of Chicago, spent the better part of a week selecting the featured artists. In the end, there were enough artists worthy of inclusion to warrant the simultaneous publication of two magazines instead of one "oversized" book. Thus, volumes one and two of Studio Visit represent the results of our first competition ever."

In addition to the current issue, I just found out that my work has been selected for the next issue in Fall, 2008 juried by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Grand Prize Winner!

Recently I found out that I was the winner of an online painting competition I entered! Here's the press release that was sent to me with more information:

Deborah Hamon of Novato, California, has just been named the Grand Prize winner for her acrylic painting, High Achiever, in an international painting competition. The painting, which features four pre-teen girls in a fascinating drama about achievement, recognition, and archetypes, was selected from a field of 1,100 entries. In addition to the $2,000US cash award, the painting will be presented in an online gallery along with the 13 other winners from the competition.

This award is yet another step in Hamon’s growth as a nationally recognized artist. She has held several solo and group exhibitions of her work throughout the US, and was recently featured in the juried magazine, New American Paintings. Hamon earned her BFA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and her MFA from the University of California at Davis. Public collections holding Hamon’s work include the Howard Tullman Collection, the Morgan Flagg Collection, the UC Davis Shields Library Permanent Collection, and Woodland Memorial Hospital.

The Good Earth online painting competition is an annual event sponsored by, an online webzine for artists. The theme of the competition is the beauty of the earth and everything in it. “The jurying committee and I were delighted to see how broadly and creatively Ms. Hamon and the other participants interpreted the competition theme,” said Jennifer King, the webzine's Editor-in-Chief. “We chose Ms. Hamon’s painting because we felt it speaks volumes about our contemporary world. It’s a powerful social commentary.” Starting on April 22, Earth Day, all 14 winners of the Good Earth competition will be exhibited on

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dana Schutz talk

I attended a great lecture by the artist Dana Schutz this evening at UC Davis (where I got my MFA). Her work is so imaginative and she seems really down to earth too. For information regarding the work of Dana Schutz check out the following links:

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Red Arrow

Here's my latest painting. Click on image to see a bigger view. As always, once I have it photographed properly it will get posted to my website and will look better.

Red Arrow
Acrylic on canvas, 2008
66 x 84 inches

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Scope New York

The Scope Art Fair in New York opens today at Lincoln Center. Jack the Pelican Presents will be showing some of my work. The show goes through the weekend and all the information can be found on the Scope website including the exhibitors. If you get a chance to go, also check out Galerie Schuster's booth since they will be there also.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Der Tagesspiegel

Here is the translated text from the Berlin newspaper....

Jens Hinrichsen is looking for the new face of the future to be the art district Heidestrasse

Something in the sector is stirring. Later one will speak of a time when galleries were shooting out of the ground in Heidestrasse. Seven are already visible, moved into this trade area. Into a hall complex only a stone’s throw away from the main railway station. Here lures urbanistic no man’s land that is gradually planted with art. With young girls’ blooming at the Galerie Schuster, for example: Faces for a faceless surrounding. Deborah Hamon from San Francisco paints growing up in lovely, suburban environments: juicy green meadows, swimming-pools, light blue rooms off whose floors one could eat.
Departure or rebellion are hardly possible in those sparkling clean slip-cover rooms. Buckled shoes are flashing, flowery dresses are waving. Koala bears are rubbing themselves on pink trees, a hint of childish sexuality is blowing through the picture-spaces. A clique of four is lifting their shirts and gazing at their bellybuttons, a trio is practicing model poses at the edge of a pool (700 to 4.400 Euros). Hamon herself is a mother of a girl. Her nearly provoking “harmless” but competent painted tableaus are quoting David Hockney, Edward Hopper or Alex Katz. This European premiere of the Australian born artist is doubled, because parallel the Galerie Schuster Photo is showing her photo-painting-montages (Heidestraße 46 and Gartenstraße 7, both til 29.03).

Der Tagesspiegel, 01.03.2008, p.24

Friday, March 7, 2008

Berlin Art Clip

Visit the following link for a video clip from my painting show. If you are reading this the same week, click on my button on the right, or check the archive if it is no longer featured there.
UPDATE 3/10/08: This is now the following week so you can access by clicking on the "scroll for more" below the buttons on the right or can also click on "Berlin Weekly" on the left and then click on my button.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Report from Berlin

My trip to Berlin was really successful and I also had time for some sightseeing. It was wonderful for me to have my friend from New York fly over and share the experience too.

I am thrilled to be showing at Galerie Schuster. Everyone gave me such a warm welcome to Berlin (except the weather!) The shows look great and I got to speak with a lot of different interesting people at the openings. The painting opening was Saturday evening followed by a Sunday brunch opening at the photo gallery space.

For those who speak German, there was a write up in a major paper Der Tagesspiegel on the day of the opening so that was exciting. I'll try and post a translated version if I can get a good translation. Here are a few gallery photos followed by some Berlin sights.

The painting exhibition...

The photo exhibition

With Mr. Helmut Schuster...

The Holocaust Memorial

At the Hamburger Bahnhof -- Unfortunately they were preparing a lot of new exhibitions so a lot of it was closed for installation.

Inside the Jewish Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. This is an area called the Memory Void with an installation by Menashe Kadishman. It was something you really have to experience in person. My photo doesn't do it justice but you get more of a sense from this video that I found on YouTube. (Turn up your volume)

My "photo assistant" at the Schloss Charlottenburg. She assisted by holding the umbrella so I wouldn't get rain on my lens!

We did a lot of walking all over Berlin including visiting the Brandenburg gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, KaDeWe (great department store with an amazing gourmet food hall) and seeing remains of the Wall. And of course lots of hearty German food. All in all, a fantastic trip!

A German sausage sampler starter to share on our last evening....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Got Game?

I just finished this piece today (click for a bigger view). I've been working on a few smaller pieces lately, and I am now ready to jump back into a big painting (66 x 84 inches) that I started a few months back. Plus a few new ideas I want to start.

Got Game?
Acrylic on Canvas, 2008
34 x 40 inches

Friday, February 1, 2008

It's Photography III National Juried Exhibition

My large photograph, Queen of the Hill, is in this show that opens tomorrow at MarinMOCA which is at the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field...which is also conveniently where my studio is located! The show was juried by Will Mosgrove, director of graduate photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The reception is from 5-7 pm tomorrow evening.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Acrylic on Canvas, 2008
40 x 34 inches

I'll post better quality images on my website of this and Bellybutton Gazers after my photographer has shot them. But for now, click on image for a closer view. And that is metallic gold paint around the girl's head on left up top and the central girl's legs --in case you can't quite make it out.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Show in Berlin

I will be having a show in Berlin at Galerie Schuster -- well actually 2 shows! A show of my paintings opens March 1, 2008 and a show of my photographs opens March 2, 2008 at Galerie Schuster Photo.