Thursday, December 17, 2009

Picnic Magazine

I have a 5 page spread in the current Innovators issue of Picnic Magazine a contemporary art, literature and design magazine based in Mexico City. Other artists in this issue are Mike & Doug Starn and Ivan Puig. My printed copy should arrive soon but in the meantime here are images they sent me (click on image for larger view).

By the way, this inclusion was a direct result of my work being seen by one of the Photolucida Critical Mass jurors who told the editor of Picnic that they should see my work!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Flak Photo

Check out my work on Flak Photo today as part of the Flak Photo Photography.Book.Now feature!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Big Paintings, Little Prices!

In the spirit of Black Friday, (and in an effort to make space in my studio), I am having a sale on some earlier works:

Big Paintings, Little Prices!

Please visit the following link for details:

Prices good until December 31st, 2009.
Crating/Shipping costs and CA Sales Tax are additional where applicable.
Checks and Credit cards (through PayPal) accepted.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

You've gotta' have Art...

Images of artwork available for purchase at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's fundraiser can be previewed at My painting, Victory, will be available.

This is a One-Night-Only opportunity to purchase art from the juried exhibition. If you are unable to attend the event, you may call in to bid on or "takeaway" your favorite piece on Friday, November 20th between 6:30 and 8:00 pm. Call 707-939-7862 and please have your Visa or MasterCard ready.

All artwork may also be viewed at the 2009 BIENNIAL Exhibition now at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Happy Bidding!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blank Canvas Benefit

Yellow House, Digital C-Print and Acrylic on Panel, 2009, 12 x 12 x 2 inches

This is a piece I created for the the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey's Blank Canvas Benefit: For Art's Sake. Artists were provided with a shadowbox or panel box and were asked to create a piece inspired by this year's "box" theme. Artworks will be auctioned on Saturday, December 12, 2009. For more information visit

Monday, October 19, 2009

Apply for 2009 West Prize

Last year I was one of ten artists selected for the West Prize. The deadline for this year's West Prize is fast approaching so apply by November 1, 2009. Here are more details from the website...

The West Prize was launched in 2008 with the mission to find exciting new artists and adding them to the West Collection. In its inaugural year, the West annual acquisition budget of $125,000 was offered to ten artists. The flood of applications was unbelievable! In fact, 3,600 artists applied from 73 countries. West Collection curator Paige West had the job to go through all applicants and narrow the field down to ten innovative artists, but there were hundreds of fitting applicants in the application pool. The hope is that artists will continue to apply until they are acquired through the West Prize.

The West Prize will again award the 10 finalists $10,000 each from the acquisition funds, which is used to add their work to the West Collection. The application deadline is November 1, 2009 and artists must be 18 years or older and can live anywhere in the world. All artworks submitted for consideration for the acquisition award must be valued at less than $10,000. One of the 10 artists will win the balance of the purse, or $25,000 in cash, as a stipend for concentrating solely on art for the next year. Additionally, a 10 Catalog will again been produced to document the 2009 winners. There is no fee to apply to the West Prize.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Daniel Cooney Emerging Artists Auction on iGavel

Here's your chance to get a great deal on emerging artist's work including my American Girl photograph. The online auction on iGavel runs from September 24 -October 15, 2009 and all lots are available for viewing at Daniel Cooney Fine Art by appointment.

Click here for more information about the auction and click here to view all of the available lots and to place a bid. Thanks for looking and happy bidding! Click here for auction results.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blurb's Photography.Book.Now Contest

I am pleased to announce that my book, Girls: Fact and Fiction won an Honorable Mention in the Fine Art category. You can check out all of the winners here. Click on the books and it will take you to a full preview in the Blurb bookstore (where you can also make a purchase!). There were 2400 photography book submissions from 50 countries. You can read the press release here. Congratulations to all and especially Elizabeth Fleming for her book, Life is a Series of Small Moments.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Biennial

My painting, Victory, can be seen in the 2009 SVMA Biennial in Sonoma, CA. The show dates are September 5 - November 29, 2009. It's a really good show and **Hooray** to Holly Blake for receiving the second place award for her painting!

For more info visit

Friday, September 4, 2009

Museum Acquisition

I am thrilled to announce that my photograph, Wonderland, 2008 is now part of the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. This all came together quickly after meeting Chief Curator Scott Shields at the Marin Society of Artists National Juried exhibition in which he had given my photograph, Sandtrap, a second place award.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Critical Mass Finalists

Photolucida's Critical Mass finalists are in....
It is wonderful to see many familiar names among the finalists and I am really excited about the 200 jurors who will be reviewing our work. And thanks to the pre-screening jurors who selected my work!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

International Photography Awards (IPA)

I am pleased to announce that images from my "Girls" series won Honorable Mentions in 3 categories. The awards were in the professional Fine Art category for Portrait, Collage and Other.

The 2009 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer's accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit

Monday, August 3, 2009

Second Prize!

I am pleased to announce that my photograph "Sandtrap" was awarded Second Prize by Scott Shields --Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA -- at the opening reception yesterday at the Marin Society of Artists National Juried Show. Show details can be found in my previous post directly below.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Art Exhibit Opening

Two of my photographs have been selected by Scott Shields --Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA -- for the Marin Society of Artists National Juried Show. The opening reception is Sunday August 2, 2-4 pm. The exhibition runs from August 2-30, 2009.

The MSA gallery is located at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Art and Chocolate, two of my favorite things!

Deadline: 7/31/09. Art Bars: Call for Entry International. Art Bars are fair trade fine chocolate bars that feature reproductions of the work of artists from around the world. Selected artists will have their work reproduced in art bars for at least one year beginning in December, as well as featured permanently on the Art Bars website. Artworks featured in Art Bars are chosen annually by a panel of artists, art historians, and museum professionals. Please refer to the website for submission guidelines. Contact: Erika Fowler-Decatur at email: Website:

Friday, July 10, 2009

San Francisco Opening

The artist!

If you get a chance to see the show make sure you go into the office to see additional
photographs and one painting that you can just see a hint of here in the very back.

Looking towards Kelly Sullivan's exhibition.

Photo by my 5 yr old daughter looking out the window
on a lovely San Francisco evening!

My opening at Gallery 291 went well -- thank you to all those who could make it!

A friend of mine (and creative entrepreneur) who came to the opening wrote a wonderful blurb on my work:

"Deborah Hamon's work understatedly explores the complexities of innocence in contemporary culture. To interpret her renderings simply as beautiful portraits of isolated adolescence does not capture the spirit of pride, dignity, the potential power of her healthy young female totems. There is an underlying potency in her muses— Are they finding their way or have they lost their way? Are they vulnerable or wise beyond their years? Children of privilege or children of crisis? Offered or kept? An elementary gesture or location can be interpreted as suggestive and metaphoric or simply taken as candid moment. Hamon's work is a push and pull between reality and fairy-tale, suspension of time and belief -- ephemeral beauty with an interpretive narrative."

Riley Johndonnell
Surface magazine

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Don't Miss...

Seen today in the "96 Hours" insert in the San Francisco Chronicle!
You can also read the online version here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Casting Call for Artists...

Sarah Jessica Parker is producing an art-related reality show with a company called Magical Elves that did Top Chef and Project Runway - Bravo is having open casting calls this month for the show. Contestants compete for a gallery show, cash prize, national museum tour....13 artists. Casting calls in LA on 7/11 and 7/12, Miami 7/14, Chicago 7/16 And NY 7/18 and 7/19.

For more information and an application form go to

Monday, June 29, 2009

San Francisco Show Opening

Click on invitation for larger view

My work can be seen in Deborah Hamon, Girls: Fact and Fiction a Two-Person Exhibition at Gallery 291 in San Francisco, CA. I will be showing my work with Kelleen Sullivan: Perception. The exhibition will be on view from July 9 - August 29, 2009. The opening reception is Thursday, July 9 from 6-9 pm.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Review Sante Fe 2009...

At the Friday evening Portfolio Viewing Event.

What an amazing experience in Santa Fe. Exhausting and my brain is definitely in overload mode right now but if anyone was to ask was it worth it?...Definitely. On many levels. Initially the experience of preparing your work, preparing your thoughts, and researching the reviewers was super valuable in and of itself. I was thrilled to receive most of my top picks, and was glad to get this information ahead of time so I could do further research on the reviewers and know what I wanted to get out of each meeting. The lottery system must be working well since many photographers that I met with were also pleased with the choices they received. Perhaps it would be good if the reviewers also knew who they were meeting with ahead of arriving in Santa Fe and maybe if they could even put in their top picks too.

Reviewers Darius Himes, Katherine Ware, and Charlotte Cotton at the Sunday seminar "Words Without Pictures: Considering Contemporary Photography."

Twenty minutes goes fast and my meetings were so varied. I had some really good, positive ones, one really insightful--although tough one (but to put it a little into perspective--she does not like Loretta Lux's work at all, whose work I do really like although I have always been a little surprised why her career took off the way it did), one that started off like a grad school critique (which I am way beyond) but later had some interesting feedback, and some other interesting conversations and referrals although nothing earth shattering. I think attendees need to realize that not everyone is going to like your work or be a fit with you and that's okay. I spoke to a few photographers who had some really rough reviews. All I can say is don't take it personally. Be confident in your work and if there is some constructive ideas that you can take from that meeting --great. But don't let it make you question everything that you do.

My most memorable formal meetings were with Katherine Ware, Charlotte Cotton, Debra Klomp Ching, and Anthony Bannon. And a special shout out to Melanie McWhorter who just sent me an email link to a call for entry for a show on childhood. It really is all about networking.

I also got to meet some other reviewers on an informal basis either at the open Portfolio Viewing night or more socially. I really enjoyed meeting Whitney Johnson, Kevin Miller, Elizabeth Avedon, Catherine Edelman, David Laidler and David Bram.

© Elizabeth Fleming, Brad Moore.

And now to the photographers. What an amazing community of diverse, interesting, talented people. Between reviews you could peek at portfolios or just chat or retreat to your room for a break. If you ate at the hotel restaurant which was often a necessity in terms of timing, you could always eat with someone you had met or eat with someone new. (Footnote: the hotel isn't situated right downtown but when I had the time to go downtown the hotel was very accommodating in terms of taking me down and picking me up from their sister location in town. I never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes.) And the social events of course gave more opportunity for meeting people.

It was wonderful to hang out with Elizabeth Fleming who I had been in touch with online before. And I really like Brad Moore's work so it was great to see it in person at the portfolio viewing night although he wasn't at his table when I had a chance to come by, but I did finally get to meet him on the last day at lunch. Here are a few other photographers I really enjoyed meeting: Melissa Kaseman, Mark Menjivar, Kevin Miyazaki, Meggan Gould, Teri Fullerton, Sarah Faust, Dornith Doherty, Jonathan Blaustein, Anthony Marchetti, Graham Miller (a fellow Aussie, along with reviewers Kevin Miller and Debra Klomp Ching), Sonja Thomsen, Jesse Burke, Polly Gaillard, Olga Chagaoutdinova, Kerry Mansfield, Stefanie Motta, Georg Kuettinger, Meg Birnbaum, Claire Beckett, Curtis Wehrfritz and many more!

I feel like I made some really good contacts. I am realistic about things taking time, and think about this experience in terms of building connections for the future. I feel fairly confident that one day, one of the connections I made at Santa Fe will help me in my career path. Stay tuned...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Review Sante Fe

Review Santa Fe is next week and I am excited to make some new contacts and see some great photography. The 100 selected photographers attending the event can be viewed here. You can also find out more about Review Sante Fe here. I'll post a summary of the event when I return.

Friday, May 22, 2009

"10" catalog + Apply for 2009 West Prize

The "10" catalog should be available from the West Collection website in a few weeks. (Metallic ink in above image did not like my mini digi camera!) It showcases the 10 winners of the West Prize and includes interviews with each of the artists by other artists that are in the West Collection. There is also an essay by Christian Viveros, as well as an introduction by Paige West.

And the application is now open for the 2009 West prize:

The application process closes on November 1, 2009. Acquisition prize funds total $100,000 for ten artists with a $25,000 grand prize awarded to one of the ten. Details are available on the website. Even if you aren't applying you can check out who is here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Studio Visit Magazine

My work can be seen in the spring issue (Volume 5) and featured on the cover of Studio Visit Magazine published by Open Studios Press. It was juried by Michael Klein, an independent curator and private dealer, and former director of the International Sculpture Center and former curator of the Microsoft Collection.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Marin Arts Council Open Studios

Drop by my studio and say hi and see some of my recent work at the Marin Arts Council Open Studios! Click on the image above for details.

If you can't make it because you'll be in Chicago for the Chicago Art Fair...then you can see some of my work in the West Prize Exhibition that will be at NEXT April 30 - May 4, 2009.

Friday, March 6, 2009


I had a fabulous trip to Philadelphia for the West Prize show. Paige West is so passionate about collecting and promoting contemporary art and also introducing it to a wider audience, so I am thrilled to be part of the collection. It was great to meet her and Lee Stoetzel, the director of the Collection, and get a tour of the collection installed at SEI. They will be launching the next West Prize competition in May so check the website then for details to enter.

I was also excited to visit Longwood Gardens to shoot some photographs. Stay tuned for images to appear in my work soon!

My friend from New York joined me for the weekend and we had fun walking everywhere and sightseeing and art viewing including the "Cezanne and Beyond" show at PMA, George Tooker exhibit at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and visiting the Institute of Contemporary Art. Of note at the ICA was the Joshua Mosley: dread exhibit. I was really intrigued with the animated video presented in black and white on a really large screen. We also checked out Pentimenti gallery where I had been in a group show in 2007, in Old City which has lots of fun shops and galleries.

We even got a little snow on Sunday morning which is always fun for those of us living in California, although I just managed to fly out that evening (with only a 90 minute delay and about an hour of turbulence) before the big snowstorm hit the east coast!

Monday, February 9, 2009

West Prize Press

Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's artblog (a well known Philadelphia/East Coast blog) talked about the West Prize Exhibition today. You can check it out here. (Or click and scroll down to Monday February 9, 2009 posting if you are viewing this at a later date.)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Crocker-Kingsley Update

Here's a link to a TV story about the Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. Click to watch the broadcast and keep an eye out for my piece, Snowbound!

West Prize Exhibition

Four of my photographs will be on view in 10, The First Annual West Prize Exhibition from February 1 - March 15, 2009 at the West Collection in Oaks, PA (30 minutes outside Philadelphia). The Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 26 at an invitation only event.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition

One of my photographs was selected for the Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. While this Biennial show is usually held at the Crocker Art Museum, this year due to construction for the museum's expansion, it will be held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at the Central Library in Sacramento, CA.

Exhibition dates are January 10 - February 6, 2009.
The reception is a museum member's only reception on Friday, January 9, 5:30-8pm.

For more information visit the Crocker Art Museum website.