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Hamlett Dobbins
updated: 10/15/2010
website: www.hamlettdobbins.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  abstract
 
 
Untitled #1 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #1
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #4 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #4
Ink on paper
2009
14 " x  11 " 
Untitled #2 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #2
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #3 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #3
Ink on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #5 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #5
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #6 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #6
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #8 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #8
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #10 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #10
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #11 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #11
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #15 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #15
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 
Untitled #19 by Hamlett Dobbins
Untitled #19
Acrylic on paper
2009
14" x  11" 

Artist Statement

            You have two kinds of boys born in 1970: Lego boys and Lincoln Log boys.  I’m a Lego boy.  I was eight years old when I saw Star Wars for the first time, and when I got home I went straight to the Lego box to build the things I had just seen on the big screen.  It’s not hard to imagine the scene:  a boy on the shag carpet in his bedroom in rural Tennessee, hunched over a bin of Legos in a concentrated effort to connect with the story he’d seen hours before.  And after building his own version of Star Wars ships, becoming part of the story himself.

            Legos were a way for me to create whatever I could imagine, and I am still doing that now only with paint instead.  I am trying to understand why these experiences of real life or moments in stories or movies move me.  The way Elwood P. Dowd says, “and the evening wore on” in Harvey ... spending time with my daughter drawing on the porch … the recording of a my father’s voice telling a story from childhood ... a late-night road trip with an abrasive friend ... all of these events contain the powerful impact of something pure and raw:  a moment of full-body-pleasure.  Since 2002 my paintings have focused on experiences with particular people, hence the series of initials in the titles.  Since each painting is based on a specific experience with a particular friend or family member each painting tends to have its own sets of parameters and challenges.  I use painting to focus on an experience and to wrap myself in the moment.  By building the experience I begin to understand what about the moment moved me to paint in the first place. 

Artist Bio / CV

Hamlett Dobbins

2553 Broad Avenue  |  Memphis,  TN 38112  |  (901) 219-1943

hamlettdobbins@hotmail.com  |  www.hamlettdobbins.com

 

Education

1999                           University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Master of Fine Arts.

1998                           University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Master of Arts.

1993                           University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, Bachelor of Fine                                         Arts.

 

Grants, Awards and Residencies

2009                           Nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

2003                           Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant

2000                           Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

                                    Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, three month residency,                                         Omaha, Nebraska.

                                    Vermont Studio Center, four week fellowship, Johnson, Vermont.

1999                           Best of Show, Arts in the Park Juried Show, Jerry Saltz, juror.

1998-1999                 Pelzer-Lynch Fellowship for Graduate Students in Painting.                                             University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Recent & Upcoming

2010                           We Like Each Other, Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska.

                                    The River Beneath Us (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee.

2009                           Tinker, Tailer, Sifter: Spies! Gallery 130, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi.

                                    Touch Faith, organized by Jeffrey Courtland Jones, SEMANTICS, Cincinnati, Ohio.

                                    Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Summer Show, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon.

                                    Tennessee Abstraction, organized by Adam McCoy, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee.

2008                           Every One, Every Day (one person show), Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee.

                                    Every One, Every Day (one person show), University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Good Morning Milla, (one person show), Fuel Room, Power House Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.

                                    Every One Every Day (one person show), David Lusk Gallery,

Memphis, Tennessee.

2006                           Early Morning Paintings (one person show), CAP Gallery, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee.

2002                           Now Serving, Art in General, New York, New York.