"Through representational painting, I try to more deeply connect with, and create lasting depictions of, the people, places and things I observe. I hope also to connect to the culture and inquiries of others who share or shared the pursuit, ancient and innate, of transfiguring pigments into semblances of the observed world.
The process of capturing visual "truth" is largely technical, as the eye is a mechanical structure. But all things are observed through veils of memory, meaning, and other mediations of the subjective mind. Therefore, the resulting depictions can be to varying degrees traditional or explorative, emotional or detached, scientific or spiritual...
On a personal level, I consider my paintings to be testaments to time spent, souvenirs of experiences."
Born and raised in Baltimore, Palden Hamilton attended the Gilman School, where he studied under Betsey Heuisler. After receiving his B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, he continued his education at the Art Students League of New York, where he trained in figure painting under figurative painters Ron Sherr and William Beckman. There he was awarded a Merit Award in Realism in 2003 and the Phylis T. Mason Grant in 2004.
Hamilton has done a range of commissioned portrait work since returning to his hometown of Baltimore. He was notably commissioned to paint Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, the musical director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia. In 2008, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America for his portrait, "Holly". Hamilton has been the portraiture and figure painting instructor at the Zoll Studio School of Fine Art, an emerging center of representational painting culture and education in the Baltimore area, since its inception in 2006.
Hamilton has painted landscape extensively on location in his native Maryland, and on travels to his mother's homeland, the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. For the last three years, he has been juried to participate in Plein Air Easton, the nation's most prestigious plein air painting event. In 2015, his painting "Work is Done" received Second Place in the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association's Cityscape exhibition.
He currently resides in Mount Washington, Baltimore.