Hamilton, Charles Jupiter
Born: 1948 in Princeton, NJ
American - 1952: Moved to North Carolina with his family at age 5; lived on a farm near the small town of Troutman. 1977: Moved to West Virginia.
1966: Left family farm to join the US Navy at age 18, served as gunner's mate on ships to Japan, Phillipines, Hawaii, & Vietnam.
Studied art history and painting at University of North Carolina.
After college, he continued to paint while supporting himself at various odd jobs, such as housepainting.
In 1977, came to West Virginia and joined the Professional Artists Cooperative Trust (PACT) and regularly exhibited his work at Artspace, the co-ops gallery in Charleston, WV.
1986: Decided to pursue his art full time. His work began ot appear in regional shows, and to win awards.
1987: Hamilton's work shown in art galleries in Boston, Tampa, Chicago and Washington,DC. He began to explore sculpture and developed his trademark brightly colored, patterned forms.
Charles Jupiter Hamilton has created a body of highly expressive wood relief sculptures and prints that combine the vitality of contemporary art with rich figurative imagery. Vivid colors jump out at the viewer. Hamilton want s his colors to go "immediately for the nervous system." Hamilton's work is primarily representational, primitive, patterned images on carved and painted wood. He sketches his ideas onto the wood and then uses an electric router to carve it. Before painting his wood reliefs with acrylic colors, he creates a limited edition of black and white prints. His sculptures follwo the same style as his wood relief work. They are hand built, painted wood constructions. He often embeds glass marbles into his sculptures to give them a jeweled effect.