Born 1972 Glasgow, Scotland.
Lives and works in Portland, OR.
Glasgow School of Art, BA in Fine Art, 1993, Glasgow, Scotland.
Whom, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Our House of Portland: A Portrait in Yarn, SUM Gallery (October), Q Center (November), Our House of Portland (December), Portland, OR
Contemporary Oregon Visions, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Faces, Cafe Grumpy Greenpoint & Chelsea, New York, NY.
Pigeon Portraits, The Proper, Portland, OR.
I Crochet Portland, Downtown Stumptown, Portland, OR
Portland Portraits, Visage Gallery, Portland, OR.
A Likeness: Works in Contemporary Portraiture, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA.
I’ll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA.
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.
Art Beat Exhibition: Celebrating 15 Years of Creativity on OPB, Pioneer Place, Portland, OR.
Bodies, Juried by Elizabeth A. Brown, North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA.
The Art of Craft, Gatehouse Arts, Harlow, UK.
Group Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Against the Bias, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Smith Center for Healing & the Arts, Washington, DC.
New Views, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet: Juried by Elissa Auther, Elizabeth A. Brown, Stefano Catalani & Marci McDade. Bellevue, WA.
Ladies’ Choice, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Thirteen, Sum Gallery, Portland, OR.
Part & Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Form in Contemporary Art, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ. Curated by Bonnie Gloris.
GULP YARN BANG! School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, Curated by Rene Trevino.
Art in the Mayor’s Office, Portland City Hall, Portland, OR.
Lost and Found: The Art of Reuse, The Peoples’ Art of Portland Gallery, Portland, OR.
The 2nd Annual New Brow of Portland, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, OR.
BENEATH THE SURFACE: Flora, Fantasy & Fable in Surface Design, Curated by Pattern People, Nemo Design, Portland, OR.
COMMISSIONS/PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Janet Echelman, Smithsonian Magazine. Commissioned work.
Illegal Alien, Gift of Peter Buck & Chloe Johnson, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Portland/Paris/London Mania, Printemps Haussmann, Paris, France. Commissioned site specific works.
Masks: Groucho Gia, Alan Davis, Portland, OR.
Hawthorne Bridge Rising, Holly Hudley, Houston, TX. Commissioned work.
Brighton Ray Bradbury, Paddy Considine, Burton-on-Trent, UK. Commissioned work.
Hawthorne Bridge Variation, Sabine Sexauer, Gengenbach, Germany. Commissioned work.
David Frierman, David Frierman, Portland, OR. Commissioned work.
Joe Cotter & the Original Outside In Mural, Outside In, Portland, OR. Public Art.
DJ & Ursula, Bill & Uma Kremers, Portland, OR. Commissioned works.
Andrew Fortgang, Robyn Williams, Portland, OR. Donated to the Our House of Portland 2011 Charity Auction.
Marc & Katia Carter, Katia Carter, Los Angeles, CA. Commissioned work.
John, Karen, Riley, Owen & Wyatt Hoke, John & Karen Hoke, Portland, OR. Commissioned works.
Paul Brady & Erik Van Kley: Marc Riera & Kristen White. Portland, OR.
Hugo Habetz, Brooke Lack & Tommy Habetz, Portland, OR. Commissioned work.
Gabriel Rucker, Cara J. Frey & Jennifer K.T. Warner, Portland. OR.
Richard Speer, “Jo Hamilton- Our House of Portland: A Portrait in Yarn.” Willamette Week, November 12.
Ellen Bakker, “Textile Art Around the World” (Book), P19, Netherlands.
Max Kutner, “High Wire”, Smithsonian Magazine, November.
Judy Darley, ‘Hooking Tactile Fine Art”, Simply Crochet Magazine, United Kingdom, Issue 23.
Dorothé Swinkels, “A wire loose, the crochet paintings of Jo Hamilton”, Textiel Plus, Netherlands, Autumn 2014.
Angela Sanders, “String Theory”, Portland Monthly, July.
Scott Keith, “Vibrant Art, Rich History”, Portland Tribune: NW Portland Neighborhoods, June 26
Catherine Schickel, “Son crochet est un pinceau” (Her hook is a brush), Fait Main Magazine, France, Issue 34, May.
June Black & Jessi DiTillio, Jo Hamilton: Selected Works 2006-2014 (Eugene, OR: The Jordan
Schnitzer Museum of Art); catalogue made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission
“Contemporary Oregon Visions: Jo Hamilton & Irene Hardwicke Olivieri,” The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Members Magazine, Spring/Summer 2014.
Alex Notman, “A Tale of Two Artists,” Eugene Weekly, April 10.
Randi Bjornstad, “Crochet Artist Spins Amazing Yarns,” Register Guard, Eugene, OR, April 10.
Mark Jenkins, “D.C. gallery shows: ‘Against the Bias’”, The Washington Post, December 13.
Rhonda Fargnoli, “From Inspiration to Crochet: Artist Profile: Jo Hamilton”, Fiber Art Now Magazine, Summer Issue.
Judy Darley, “Threads of Splendor: Crochet As Art”, Simply Crochet Magazine, United Kingdom, Issue 7.
Lee Lewis Husk, “Oregon’s Creative Impact: 13 ideas that are changing lives”, 1859 Magazine, March/April.
Gayle Clemans, “Familiarity of fiber art rendered compelling at Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial”, The Seattle Times, January 18.
Sigal Namir, “Knitting Me Softly”, Signon Magazine, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 8.
Nilay Ornek, “İtina ve tığla portreniz yapılır”, Aksam, Istanbul, Turkey, June 3.
Daryl Brower, “The Fine Art of Crochet: Six fiber artists blur the distinction between art and craft”, Vogue Knitting, May.
Bonnie Gloris, “Part & Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Form in Contemporary Art”, Exhibition catalog, Arts Guild New Jersey, April.
Andrew Farinov, “The Crocheted Art of Jo Hamilton”, The Culture of Transbaikalia, Russia, April 5.
Bee Clinch, “Interview: Jo Hamilton”, Inside Crochet, United Kingdom, Issue 8, June/July.
Christine Vitron, “Departures: About Faces”, Interweave Crochet, Winter Issue.
Arts District: Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver, CO, July 25.
LAart: PBS SoCal, Los Angeles, CA, July 13.
Artifex: WCNY Channel 24, Syracuse, NY, June 23.
Oregon Art Beat: OPB, Portland, OR, October 11.
Girls: HBO, Season 1, Episode 5, May 13.
GRANTS & AWARDS
Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Finalist, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.
People’s Choice Award, Bodies exhibition, Seattle, WA.
Project Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR.
Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR.
Artist’s Talk, Contemporary QuiltArt Association, Seattle, WA.
Gallery Talk, “Contemporary Oregon Visions”, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR.
Workshop Instructor/Lecture, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Panelist: Craft Perspectives, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR.
I am a Scottish-born artist currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in the 1990s with a degree in drawing and painting before moving to the United States. A decade ago I traded paint and a brush for yarn and a hook. I create my large scale works one knot at a time using no graphs or patterns. I look, I work, I unravel and rework until I see the substance of a representation in my knots. The knotted yarn, so familiar in everyday life, takes the place of paint and allows me to examine the categories and conventions of western fine art as well as traditional craft, and to reinvent them. My subjects range from portraits to cityscapes, giant male nudes and mysterious masked women. My work has been shown in Portland, Seattle, New York, Washington D.C. and Paris.