Coll Hamilton’s work is a continuous exploration of his home city and its people. His prolific output marries with his personal commitment to his art and his passion for Glasgow. Covering many areas, but with specific focus on the West End and the Southside, Coll lovingly renders Glasgow’s people and iconic architecture in soft pastels, pencil, charcoals, inks, acrylic and oils. His narrative driven figurative and urban landscapes feature his distinctive use of line-work; a skill he mastered while studying Illustration at The Glasgow School of Art.
His profile as an artist has risen significantly over the past 3-4 years, with a continually growing audience in both Scotland and across Europe. Honing his preferred techniques and tools and relentlessly refining his approach to painting, with particular focus on oils. Coll’s work speaks not only to those who live and love Glasgow, but to all who have passed through the city thanks to his affectionate rendering of its iconic architecture and his ease of capturing the people and their stories.
An Observance Of Hermits – a body of work focused on the individual and their need for silence and solitude, opened in May 2018. During the Covid 19 pandemic we released a number of Glasgow Drawings. This collection signalled a return to Coll working on narrative paintings, creating stories set within recognisable portrayals of Glasgow. In September 2020 we invited Coll to collaborate on a project with the Scottish Opera, creating an amazing background image for one of the main stages of the outdoor performance of Puccini’s La Boheme. It was a real opportunity for Coll to display his iconic references to Glasgow architecture, filtered through sunset tones.
His latest offering ‘Dreams Of Glasgow’ opens in the gallery this April 2022.
Coll graduated from GSA in 2006 with a BA(Hons) in Illustration. He has been represented by artpistol Gallery since 2012, where we have held numerous highly successful solo shows. His work is held in public and private collections across the UK and Europe. We have enjoyed collaborating with Coll on a number of large scale internal and external mural projects that can be found across Scotland. You can find out more details on these works here.