Artist Bio or Statement / Bio de l’artiste ou la déclaration
Sheona Hamilton-Grant works exclusively in black and white, creating realistic drawings of domestic animals and of the interaction between humans and animals.
The intricate detail and anatomical precision of her work, more than just an attempt to duplicate reality, serve to explore the whole context of domestication.
Believing the power of the pencil lies in its simplicity and its effectiveness in applying a less is more philosophy, Sheona leaves her portraits and scenarios void of backgrounds. All extraneous details are rooted out of her work reflecting an aesthetic of purity and powerful authenticity.
Showing animals in a range of different circumstances, Sheona’s work illustrates many of the fundamental reasons humans find animals so alluring.
She captures their beauty, grace, and vitality. Her pieces with humans and animals together express, on the most basic level, how beautiful it is when people bond with animals and the qualities of these bonds: spontaneity, playfulness, respect, and ultimately love.
Working in the heart of the European equestrian world gave her a unique opportunity to fully discover the beauty and mesmerizing presence of world-class horses. Then, in a major life change, she became a mother, redirecting her passion for animals and children into her artwork.
GRAPHITE WORKS / LES OEUVRES EN GRAPHITE