(1946 - February 19, 2006) USA
Ralph Hamilton grew up in Newton Upper Falls and lived in Somerville. His degree was from the Massachusetts College of Art. His studio was at the Boston Center for the Arts, where he served at least one term as artist representative to the board of trustees, fighting on behalf of the other resident artists.
Working from news photographs and images he shot himself, Ralph Hamilton painted images of burning buildings, vehible crashes, hurricanes, and murder victims - intentionally blurred by dry brushstrokes. He was renowned as a portrait painter, and created depictions of sports figures and portraits of friends and celebrities.
Hamilton's paintings are characterized by somber tones and dark moods; a Boston Globe review once described his art as "as strange cocktail of intimacy and distance." His work is part of the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
His partner of more than 30 years was Lloyd Schwartz, a poet who is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Ralph died of complications from diabetes. He was 59.
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