Hamish was born in Canterbury in 1968 and studied illustration at Wimbledon School of Art before completing a degree at Kingston University. During his career as a professional illustrator, his clients included The Body Shop, British Telecom and Cable and Wireless. He was also chosen to paint two front covers for the world-renowned author of Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally.

At the same time, he and his wife Gail set up and curated their own shows in London, leading to a solo display in in Covent Garden.  When asked about how his work has changed so dramatically over recent years, Blakely says: “More than a preoccupation with the end result, it is a passion for the process itself that urges the work to evolve.”

Hamish believes that there is something primal and mystical about creating the illusion of a convincing vision on a once bare stretch of canvas. Whether it is a children’s book, an advertising poster or a grand painting hanging in a museum, he ignores the idea of any hierarchy in art; the only important consideration is whether the work is meaningful or not.

For Hamish, Rembrandt had the most captivating quality: the ability to paint with breathtaking finesse, while creating a tactile graininess achieved with layer upon layer of heavily-applied pigment.The paintings are more than beautiful; they are weathered by the accumulation of work, reworking and the most intense commitment. It is this complexity that Hamish finds so alluring.

All Your Prayers

Limited Edition canvas on board / 34" x 34" / Framed
In Stock - £795
Flutter and Shake

Limited Edition canvas on board / 34" x 32" / Framed
In Stock - £650
If they could see me now

Limited Edition canvas on board / varnish finished / 32" x 36" / Framed
In Stock - £595
God Bless This Child

Limited Edition canvas on board / 30" x 30" / Framed
£695 - SOLD OUT
Angels of Amsterdam

Boutique Edition of 9 / Canvas on board / framed / 44" x 31"

Original Oil by Hamish Blakely
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