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Hamilton Press is pleased to announce the release of the first published volume of artwork by Senon Williams. HUNTED & GATHERED is a beautifully hardbound publication of recent works on paper. There are 129 artworks richly reproduced over 208 pages. The first edition consists of 750 bound copies. There is a limited special edition of 50 copies with a unique, original work on paper by the artist. Senon Williams has created a series of 50 drawings, Solitude Changes Company No.1–50. The group illustrates a progression as a whole, while each piece supports the narrative and speaks its own story.
Senon Williams’s picto-thoughts, with all their doom, hope and meaning, form a new kind of novel and just the kind of novel I like to read.
– Ed Ruscha
Senon Williams’s art and text take one to the edge of the cliff, but before you jump, you go on an incredible journey from the entrance to Hell to something between Heaven down below and high up. The stance of the artist is one of despair, but with a subtle sense of dark humor. There is something Kafka-like about Williams’ work where humor and despair are blood brothers. “Hunted & Gathered” the book by Senon Williams is a trip through a landscape of what one could call classic existential issues. Going through the book, and marveling at the images in juxtaposition with the text seems the right thing to do in these days of angst and doubt. “Bullshit Ballet” indeed.
– Tosh Berman, author of Sparks-Tastic and The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding
Teeming with silhouetted figures and outbursts of saturated color, Senon Williams paints a loose and delicate allegorical world, captioned with sometimes-enigmatic phrases. They are strange and simple scenes that recall, all at once, Raymond Pettibon, children’s book illustrations and Rorschach inkblots.
– Eli Diner, Deputy Editor, Flash Art
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Hamilton Press came into being in 1990, as a result of a collaboration between Tamarind Master Printer, Ed Hamilton, and Los Angeles Artist and avid printmaker, Ed Ruscha. The two had worked together on about 40 prints, and both had a great respect for the idea of producing original artworks in a multiple form.
The printer and artist worked out what they thought would be the best situation for the creation of art in this medium, which would be limited to traditional lithography. The concept of the business would be to encourage artists, both new to printmaking and those already familiar with the process, to produce art in a peaceful, unhurried atmosphere. The Press opened its doors in a small space on Washington Blvd (soon to become Abbot Kinney Blvd) in Venice, California.
The press still occupies the same space it did in 1990; however, with a rich abundance of prints, it was felt that more room was needed. In 2001 an adjoining space became available and a gallery was added to showcase the art of the lithograph and the talent of the artists who have adapted so well to the medium. Hamilton Press Gallery is open by appointment.