Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in 1962. He holds a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design, a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a second MFA from the Jan Van Eyck Academie in The Netherlands. Working predominantly with digital video, photography and animation, Hamilton focuses on urban environments. He is drawn to the structured worlds that we inhabit and how they produce a self-defining context for our lives and experience. He is curious about the behavior of people and how they occupy and interact with their environment. He seeks to gather images from the environment, to re-organize them, and to create a reconstituted version of realism and authenticity. He attempts to identify the peculiarities of contemporary living.

Since 1986 Robert Hamilton’s artwork has been presented in numerous international festival, galleries and museums. His work has exhibited in such venues as Cartes Flux, Festival of New Media, Finland, the Hilversum Museum, The Netherlands 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art in Castello, Spain 2005 and Transmediale in Berlin 2004. His video work has won awards such as the German Video Art Prize and The Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo Award. His artwork can be seen in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada the AKI Academie of The Netherlands amongst others. He has been the recipient of ten Canada Council Grants, two Ontario Arts Council grants and a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant. He is an Associate Professor of Multimedia at McMaster University.

Artist Code: 066


The Five Finger Splash

2019, 08:47 minutes, colour, No Dialogue


2008, 05:45 minutes, colour, English

Shopping Street

2004, 01:58 minutes, colour, N/A

Wall of Nails

2004, 01:59 minutes, colour, english

Fiets (Bicycles)

2004, 03:28 minutes, colour, B & W

The Race

2004, 01:56 minutes, colour, english

Times Square

2002, 02:45 minutes, colour

Museum Mile

2002, 04:30 minutes, colour

Demolition Derby

2000, 03:50 minutes, colour, english/dutch


2000, 03:50 minutes, colour, english/dutch

Fluid Planet

1996, 02:50 minutes, colour

Frozen Monkeys

1996, 13:30 minutes, colour, English

The Ill Id and the Odd Sea

1991, 19:00 minutes, Colour/B&W, English


1990, 09:45 minutes, colour


1990, 09:20 minutes, B&W, English

Likely Stories

1990, 15:00 minutes, colour, English


1990, 18:00 minutes, colour, English

The Man Who Opened the Door to His Apartment

1989, 05:05 minutes, colour, English

Jim's Old House

1989, 09:50 minutes, colour, English

The Correspondence

1988, 08:07 minutes, B&W, none

Critical Writing

Search and Deploy
by Jacob Korczynski. VTape, Sept. 21, 2007. Toronto: vtape, 2007.
Cut & Paced
by Mary Anne Moser. Fuse, Winter 1989.