Whitney Hamilton’s work is a delightful fusion of America’s deep Southern traditionalism and New York Brooklyn’s vanguard smarts.
Raised in New Orleans and Alabama, she was awarded her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Birmingham Southern College and moved to New York to gain her Master’s from the world famous Pratt Institute. During her first year she was chosen by the noted art historian and author Barbara Rose, to be her personal assistant on the publication The Journal of Art.
Developing a taste for the magazine world, Whitney moved on to work with Katharine English at Aperture Magazine where she became intimately familiar with the photography of William Eggleston, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Robert Mapplethorp, Randal Levenson, and Nan Goldin. Her personal encounters with Mary Ellen Mark and Sally Mann would have a significant influence on her later work.
Whitney returned to painting as an artist’s assistant to the New York based painter Paul Manes and then to fellow Texas painter John Alexander. She became lifelong friends with his wife at the time, Rosie Shuster, one of the founding writers for Saturday Night Live. Though not a painter herself, Rosie’s knowledge and appreciation of art was instrumental in forging the young Whitney’s worldview and ambitions.
Following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Rosie Shuster’s departure to Los Angeles, Whitney returned to painting for herself, supported by also working in film and theatre; her unerring eye earning her critical acclaim.
She currently lives and works in an archetypal Brooklyn Brownstone with her partner and cat.