Born in Australia in 1971, Andrew matriculated with art as a subject, but completed science degrees at the Melbourne University and University of Stellenbosch to further his career as an environmental scientist. A decision to produce art on a full-time basis in 2014, was supported by art classes with acclaimed artist and teacher Ricky Burnett. Currently continuing his teachings with Michael Smith in Johannesburg, he has also periodically been mentored by Les Cohn (Artsource).
Having participated in various group exhibitions between the years of 2014 - 2017, Andrew held his debut solo exhibition 'A Study of Light' at the White River Gallery in 2018, opened by Johan Myburg.
Andrew Hamlet explores aspects of the landscape genre through a dialogue of dark and light, cold and warmth, distance and closeness, uncertainty and hope. Captivated by a series of visits to the Lowveld spanning two years, the artist was inspired to paint aspects of his journey through the Schoemanskloof Valley into Nelspruit, and beyond. Noting that the light in the Lowveld possesses a unique quality, especially when the sun is close to the horizon, Hamlet captures the ethereal liquidity of first and last light and its impact on landscape. His artwork transcends the representational picture-perfect image, as we are drawn into familiar scenes on a deeper, more emotional level.
Reminiscent of impressionism and romanticism, Hamlet juxtaposes strong sweeping brush strokes to depict massive granite monoliths, merging with rapid and smaller brush dabs to reveal the richness of our vegetation. Other subject matter includes cityscapes, street scenes and portaiture.
Andrews work was exhibited at the RMB Turbine Art Fair in 2018 and 2019. His work is represented by White River Gallery, Gallery 2 and Dawid Ras.