Edwin Hamilton

Hamilton began his career as a stonemason and sculptor in 1984. He increased his skill and knowledge of the material with an apprenticeship where he learned the art of traditional stonemasonry. His masonry company, Edwin Hamilton Stoneworks has completed numerous residential and public projects for noted architects. Public art projects include the Library Terrace Garden at Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco and a work in the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. He has exhibited at local museums, Ochi Gallery in Sun Valley Idaho, and is a regular contributor to the Paradise Ridge Winery exhibitions.

Edwin Hamilton

Edwin Hamilton

 

Pebble #3 and Pebble #5

I have been building with stone for 27 years and am enamored by the silent dignity and mass evoked by this material.  In the course of my travels I have become intrigued by the presence conveyed by stone on those who encounter it and have developed a particular skill set, steeped in craft, which has allowed me to capture in sculpture what seems to give such a universally powerful experience. The works in this exhibit are inspired by simple forms found in the natural world, re-imagined in complex assemblages that aspire to be a part of this stone continuum that continues to captivate.

I am pleased to have been included in this exhibit honoring Al Voigt. I worked with him and the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation on the implementation of two public art pieces in Petaluma and during that process came to know him a bit, and grew to admire his approach to getting things done- and life in general. Get to the core of it quickly and then act. I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes, by Cormac McCarthy, on the art and craft of stonemasonry. “A properly built stone wall relies solely upon gravity for its strength, it is a guardian of the true.” I will always think of Al as such a guardian.